bolt from the blue

noun phrase
variants: or less commonly bolt out of the blue

Definition of bolt from the blue

: a complete surprise : something totally unexpected

First Known Use of bolt from the blue

1856, in the meaning defined above

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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 27 Oct. 2020.

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