(the) next thing (one) knows

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(the) next thing (one) knows

All of a sudden; out of nowhere; without warning. I was standing in line, minding my own business, when the next thing I know, a gunman runs into the bank and starts screaming at us to get on the ground! Tammy had only been on a few dates with Mark, but this one had been going smoothly. Next thing she knew, he got on one knee and proposed to her.
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The next thing we knew he was rudely shouting across the crowded restaurant at me.
The whole head popped out and the next thing we knew, the whole baby came out,'' said Green, adding that a handful of expectant moms give birth in the hospital parking lot each year, though he has never heard of an elevator delivery.
We got Ontrack's engineers on the phone, they effectively explained to us how to connect to their remote system, and the next thing we knew, all of our data was recovered.
Then he went to the National Basketball Coaches Association and the next thing we knew we were dressing coaches from all over the league.