Definition of (all) of a sudden in US English:

(all) of a sudden

phrase

  • Suddenly.

    ‘I feel really tired all of a sudden’
    • ‘All of a sudden, the normal drone of the training room was shattered by peals of laughter!’
    • ‘All of a sudden, the sky cleared, became blue and a perfect rainbow arched over me with one end in the sand.’
    • ‘As is typical of such storms, the main rainfall came of a sudden, like the turning of a tap in the heavens.’
    • ‘All of a sudden, the badger twitched, jumped up and strolled across the road to safety.’
    • ‘All of a sudden, his stride changed - his floppy ears dropped like a lop-eared rabbit.’
    • ‘All of a sudden, you're face to face with a black, hairy spider the size of a beach ball.’
    • ‘All of a sudden, from beating Newcastle and Everton, they are losing to Fulham and Charlton.’
    • ‘All of a sudden the white car pulled out and rammed into the blue car.’
    • ‘All of a sudden, he's being asked to dinner by leading writers and noblemen.’
    • ‘All of a sudden the kind of behaviour that would have been typical in old New York seemed rude and inappropriate.’
    suddenly, immediately, instantaneously, instantly, in an instant, straight away, at once, all at once, promptly, abruptly, in a trice, swiftly
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