come as a (complete/total) surprise

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Definition of come as a (complete/total) surprise

: to be unexpected
  • The news came as a (complete/total) surprise to everyone.

Word by Word Definitions

complete play
  1. : having all necessary parts, elements, or steps

  2. : containing all essential amino acids

  3. : total, absolute

  1. : to bring to an end and especially into a perfected state

  2. : to make whole or perfect

  3. : to mark the end of

total play
  1. : comprising or constituting a whole : entire

  2. : absolute, utter

  3. : involving a complete and unified effort especially to achieve a desired effect

  1. : a product of addition : sum

  2. : an entire quantity : amount

  1. : to add up : compute

  2. : to amount to : number

  3. : to make a total wreck of : demolish

  1. : totally

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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