One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any political event orchestrated (or apparently orchestrated) in the month before an election, in the hopes of affecting the outcome.‘even the much-vaunted October surprise might fail to move the race in one direction or another’
- ‘Well, you know, everyone's been talking about the October surprise.’
- ‘What do you think the most historical October surprise has been?’
- ‘That of course came as this year's October surprise.’
- ‘It is, in short, the definitive October surprise.’
- ‘And so the North Koreans would only succeed in isolating themselves further if they're somehow trying to gain negotiating leverage or their own October surprise.’
- ‘The worst, according to Parvin, is Gary, famous for his October surprise conspiracy theory in the early Reagan years.’
- ‘Much of the blame for Enron's collapse has focused on the partnerships, but the seeds of its destruction were planted well before the October surprises.’
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