One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Said when giving someone a surprise.
- 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’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Hurricane Fabian is expected to graze the west of Bermuda on Friday night, bringing - surprise, surprise - strong winds and thunderstorms.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.1 Said ironically when one believes that something was entirely predictable.
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