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a bolt from the blue

Something unexpected or surprising. We always thought of Michael as a life-long bachelor, so it certainly was a bolt from the blue when he returned from his vacation sporting a wedding ring!
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bolt from the blue

Fig. a sudden surprise. (Alludes to a stroke of lightning from a cloudless sky.) Joe's return to Springfield was a bolt from the blue. The news that Mr. and Mrs. King were getting a divorce struck all their friends as a bolt from the blue.
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bolt from the blue

A sudden, shocking surprise or turn of events.
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The play, directed by Amanda Brookes, is about Edward Jones, who was doing ordinary things until the day before his 40th birthday - at which point, came the bolt from the blue.
It means that if Mr Hewings is hit by a bolt from the blue -and lives - he will pick up a cool pounds 10,000.
Eileen Dines, who has three grandchildren at Tyne View, said: "We were told the council was looking at mergers and downsizing, but the announcement to close three came like a bolt from the blue.
Williams' effort came as a bolt from the blue in this com-petion a fortnight ago and he is more likely to revert to type this evening, especially as he is facing tactical genius Steve Davis.
One woman turned to her neighbour across the aisle and simply said: "Well, that was a bolt from the blue, wasn't it?
Instead, like a bolt from the blue, they were told that the team was to be disbanded and redeployed within the trust.
Then, suddenly, like a bolt from the blue, help comes from the most unexpected quarter.
The Novo Horizonte star ended up horizontal on a stretcher after a bolt from the blue struck him during the clash with Atletico Goianiense.
Then, like a bolt from the blue, we have a person in charge, an overseer, an efficiency Tsar, to see whether money has been spent wisely, or even to work out a scam to extract even more cash from the taxpayer.
Williamson said "To say it was a bolt from the blue is an understatement.
Terrified Karl Kay and Susan Womphrey were in their terraced cottage when they were shaken by a bolt from the blue for the second time in three years.
He said: ``This has come as a bolt from the blue and I totally deny being involved.
We were told our jobs were safe so this has come as a real bolt from the blue.
The fall was a bolt from the blue, as he jumped so well until then, but Jimmy McCarthy schooled him this morning and he was just as good as he's ever been.
He described how he felt when first diagnosed and said: "It was like a bolt from the blue but it is surprising how adaptable the human race can be.