be in for a (big/real) surprise

idiom

Definition of 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.

Word by Word Definitions

big play
  1. : of great strength

  2. : of great force

  3. : large or great in dimensions, bulk, or extent

  1. : in a loud or declamatory manner

  2. : to a large amount or extent

  3. : on a large scale

  1. : an individual or organization of outstanding importance or power

  2. : a big player : a center or forward whose large size and strength are used to control play near the basket

real play
  1. : of or relating to fixed, permanent, or immovable things (such as lands or tenements)

  2. : not artificial, fraudulent, or illusory : genuine

  3. : occurring or existing in actuality

  1. : a real thing

  1. : very, really

  1. : a former monetary unit and coin of Spain and its possessions

  1. : a former monetary unit and coin of Portugal

  2. : the basic monetary unit of Brazil — see Money Table

surprise play
  1. : an attack made without warning

  2. : a taking unawares

  3. : something that surprises

  1. : to attack unexpectedly

  2. : to take unawares

  3. : to detect or elicit by a taking unawares


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