Definition of a bolt from (or out of) the blue in English:

a bolt from (or out of) the blue

phrase

  • A sudden and unexpected event:

    ‘the job came like a bolt from the blue’
    • ‘‘Being diagnosed with cancer came as a bolt out of the blue really,’ he said.’
    • ‘Indeed, this announcement came like a bolt out of the blue.’
    • ‘These increases have come like a bolt out of the blue and some of our tenants were reduced to tears.’
    • ‘It was like a bolt from the blue when he called to say they were separating.’
    • ‘He says he received no prior warning from the local authority and that the news was a bolt out of the blue.’
    • ‘This accusation about Nicky has come like a bolt out of the blue.’
    • ‘This latest £5m expense for the dump has come like a bolt out of the blue for all of us.’
    • ‘To much of the global community, the events of November 1938 came like a bolt out of the blue.’
    • ‘‘It was definitely a bolt out of the blue,’ she told the Evening Press.’
    • ‘It would be an understatement to say that it was a bolt out of the blue.’
    shock, surprise, bombshell, jolt, thunderbolt, revelation, source of amazement
    turn-up for the books, shocker, whammy
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