element of surprise

element of surprise

A method of stealth or secrecy employed to catch someone off-guard. I'll get mom to let me stay out till midnight, but I can't ask her now, when she's expecting it—I need the element of surprise. The fish camouflages itself and disappears onto the ocean floor, relying on the element of surprise to catch its prey.
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On the other hand, this, as destroying the element of surprise, would have made his strategy of no avail, so that the whole question is beset with difficulties.
IN winter time, we can expect some snow and ice on the roads for which we can prepare, although for some reason, there always seems to be an element of surprise at the sign of the first snowflake
IN winter time, we can expect some snow and ice on the roads, for which we can prepare, although for some reason, there always seems to be an element of surprise at the sign of the first snowflake
It turns out it's very hard to tickle yourself because there's no element of surprise.
But perhaps, this element of surprise played out in Marcos' favor as we would see.
Clariant is therefore delighted to introduce transforming formulation concepts that stand out for their element of surprise and use of natural ingredients.
And the Luxembourg defender reckons an element of surprise could shock Aberdeen.
The element of surprise is startling when the reader gradually understands that the subtle changes occurring on each page are leading to the destruction of the forest in the name of progress and that the animals are being displaced.
There has to be an element of surprise and the driver must feel as though they could be caught at any time -- and temporary cameras will deliver that surprise.
net, Adel stressed that when he and the cast keep the details of their characters and the theme of the drama a secret, it creates the element of surprise for the audience audience.
According to the Guardian, Graeme's retirement from first-class cricket, or at least from the Test scene, had been rumoured in some quarters but the announcement still managed to retain a significant element of surprise.
In an era when hype is becoming just a bit too scripted, look for more in the music biz, and beyond, to experiment with the element of surprise.
With so much of his show relying on the element of surprise, it's understandable that Derren Brown plays his cards close to his chest.
We want to keep the element of surprise, thus we plan to bring the red Big Buses at night and uncover them only on the morning of the soft launch," Sunil Prabhakar, Group General Manager of Travel Point, told Gulf News on the sidelines of the media briefing held to announce the new service.
The Arab Spring uprisings may have looked quick and easy, but the element of surprise is gone; traditional grassroots activism remains essential