"a bolt from the blue"
something completely unexpected which comes as a big surprise or shock
Related words and phrases:
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.
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!
There is no gerund form for a bolt from the blue.
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.