(a) bolt from the blue

(a) bolt from the blue
a bolt from/out of/the blue phrase
something that surprises you very much because you were not expecting it to happen

It was a bolt out of the blue when Alan resigned.

Thesaurus: surprises and shocking eventssynonym
Main entry: bolt

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a ˌbolt from the ˈblue idiom
an event or a piece of news which is sudden and unexpected; a complete surprise

Her dismissal came as a bolt from the blue.

Main entry:boltidiom

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