come as a (complete/total) surprise


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Vigna’s comments shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 11 May 2023 The findings from a BART-specific poll commissioned by the Bay Area Council, a business advocacy group that’s supported the regional rail agency since its inception, should not come as a surprise. Ricardo Cano, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 May 2023 By this point in pickleball’s meteoric rise the injuries probably shouldn’t come as a surprise. Beth Teitell,, 9 May 2023 The ending will not have come as a surprise to either side. Tariq Panja, New York Times, 3 May 2023 His decision to attend Princeton doesn’t come as a surprise. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2023 The severe weather did not come as a surprise after several days of news coverage about its approach. Mike Cason |, al, 6 Jan. 2023 The death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on Saturday at 95 did not come as a surprise. Kathleen Wong, USA TODAY, 31 Dec. 2022 That disc count and its rapid performance shouldn’t really come as a surprise. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, 30 Nov. 2022 See More

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“Come as a (complete/total) surprise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2023.

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