element of surprise

noun phrase

: the unexpected or surprising character of something
The attackers were relying on the element of surprise.

Examples of element of surprise in a Sentence

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“Element of surprise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/element%20of%20surprise. Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

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