like a bolt from the blue

like a bolt from the blue

Unexpectedly or surprisingly; without warning. We always thought of Michael as a life-long bachelor, so it was like a bolt from the blue when he returned from his vacation sporting a wedding ring! News that they were going to dissolve our company came like a bolt from the blue. We're all still in shock from it.
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