Definition of surprise, surprise in US English:

surprise, surprise


  • 1Said when giving someone a surprise.

    1. 1.1 Said ironically when one believes that something was entirely predictable.
      ‘we entrust you with Jason's care and, surprise surprise, you make a mess of it’
      • ‘These two argue, they fight, they have misunderstandings, they sing, they dance and - surprise, surprise - they fall in love.’
      • ‘Now that the election is over - surprise, surprise - the truth comes out.’
      • ‘There's a happy ending, surprise, surprise, but the parade doesn't stop there - the soundtrack is so catchy you won't be able to get it out of your head for weeks to come.’
      • ‘Hurricane Fabian is expected to graze the west of Bermuda on Friday night, bringing - surprise, surprise - strong winds and thunderstorms.’
      • ‘It also found - surprise, surprise - that women prefer tall dark strangers, but do not like men with long hair, beards or stubble, who like football and smoke.’
      • ‘All the beautiful old stone work was taken away and, surprise, surprise, when it was rebuilt was replaced by ugly aluminium fencing which is an insult to the locality and a veritable eyesore.’