be in for a (big/real) surprise


used to say that someone will be very surprised by something
They are in for a (big/real) surprise when they come home.

Examples of be in for a (big/real) surprise in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Those hoping that finding a higher-paying job is the answer may be in for a surprise. Sydney Lake, Fortune, 1 Nov. 2023 Investors hoping that the Fed is nearing the end of its economy-slowing interest rate hiking campaign could be in for a surprise. Bywill Daniel, Fortune, 6 Sep. 2023 When the house wakes up, everyone will be in for a surprise. Elizabeth Berry, Woman's Day, 28 Oct. 2022 But teams themselves also might be in for a surprise, as there are a number of different ways that Day 1 could pan out. Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz, USA TODAY, 28 Apr. 2022 People who collected unemployment benefits last year could also be in for a surprise., 26 Jan. 2022 Looters who hit San Francisco’s fashionable Union Square during the protests may be in for a surprise — the area has nearly 430 security cameras, and video from them has been turned over to the police as evidence for arrests. Phil Matier,, 7 June 2020

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be in for a (big/real) surprise

be (in) for the high jump

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“Be in for a (big/real) surprise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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