bolt from the blue

noun phrase

variants or less commonly bolt out of the blue
: a complete surprise : something totally unexpected

Word History

First Known Use

1856, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bolt from the blue was in 1856

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“Bolt from the blue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bolt%20from%20the%20blue. Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

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