something that makes a strong impression because it is so unexpected <the anniversary party was such a complete surprise that the couple was speechless for a moment>
Phrases bolt from the blue (also bolt out of the blue)
the state of being strongly impressed by something unexpected or unusual <stared in utter surprise at the deer in his cabin>
a setup in which hidden attackers lie in wait <waited under cover of darkness and took the enemy encampment by surprise at dawn>
Variants of SURPRISE
surprise also surprize
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