a bolt from the blue

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - a bolt from the blue

"a bolt from the blue"

something completely unexpected which comes as a big surprise or shock


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - a bolt from the blue

Two parents are talking ...

Mother:  The bill came from the dentist today.

Father:  It shouldn't be too bad.  We only had the childrens' teeth checked and cleaned. 

Mother:  I haven't opened the bill yet.  Here it is.

Father:  What a bolt from the blue!  I can't believe the dentist charged so much money for simple procedures.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - a bolt from the blue

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  You look happy.

Friend 2:  I am. I was having some real financial troubles. So bad, in fact, that I thought my car would be repossessed. Then, like a bolt from the blue, I checked a lottery ticket that I had forgotten about and found out that I had won a hundred thousand dollars.

Friend 1:  What a pleasant surprise!

a bolt from the blue - Usage:


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a bolt from the blue - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for a bolt from the blue.

a bolt from the blue - Examples:

1)  ... had acted impulsively and like a bolt from the blue we were suddenly met with the complete upset of the wage structure.

2)  ... the order to retreat came as a bolt from the blue. The order came as a great shock and the men ...

3)  He said a decision to deny public benefit had come as a bolt from the blue, that he and the other members had already spent hundreds ...

4)  It has been a slow process discovering this, and not a bolt from the blue or a thing I have known all my life.

5)  The Greek crisis did not come like a bolt from the blue. Years of unrestrained spending, cheap lending, and failure to ...

6)  Christianity did not suddenly arrive as a bolt from the blue, but formed part of a progression in history that led from ...

7)  It usually comes from 'left field', hits you like a bolt from the blue, and you bore people about it for many weeks to come.

8)  ... in a short time, Robert Frank had entered my life like a bolt from the blue.

9)  ... this onslaught came down upon us like a bolt from the blue.

10)  This is really a bolt from the blue, I hadn't even considered it.

11)  The announcement that Disney has bought Lucasfilm came as a bit of a bolt from the blue, and there was a lot to digest really quite quickly.

12)  The crisis seemed like a bolt from the blue: but obviously it wasn't -- it didn't just happen.

13)  The announcement of the cancellation of this weekends match came as something of a bolt from the blue.

14)  That is where the secret of writing comes in. It struck me. A bolt from the blue. An epiphany! I have spent twenty years reading DH Lawrence ...

15)  ... have no symptoms. The first time I found myself pregnant it was a bolt from the blue.

16)  ... been in Carrigans before and never expected to be. It hit me like a bolt from the blue.

17)  Late on night, he received a message that struck him like a bolt from the blue? Air Marshal Mukerjee has passed away.

18)  Then we got the first shock - No hostel. This was a bolt from the blue especially for people who had thus far had no links with Kerala ...

19)  If something happens unexpectedly and suddenly, it is a bolt from the blue.

20)  ... part of the generation for whom plate tectonics was a fabulous novelty, a bolt from the blue that transformed the study of the earth in so many ways.