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A sudden and unexpected event:‘the job came like a bolt from the blue’
shock, surprise, bombshell, jolt, thunderbolt, revelation, source of amazementturn-up for the books, shocker, whammyView synonyms
- ‘‘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.’
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