the unexpected


: things that happen unexpectedly
Drivers must always be prepared to deal with the unexpected.

Examples of the unexpected in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But lifeguards are trained to recognize all kinds of emergencies – even the unexpected. Laylan Connelly, Orange County Register, 18 May 2024 The Foo Fighters frontman loves to surprise and delight his band’s fans by giving them a bit of the unexpected amid the sweat and rumble of a typically high-energy Foos show. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 13 May 2024 The Hong Kong outbreak was the first time the H5N1 virus pulled off the unexpected, rewriting the textbooks that sometimes over-confidently stated what the myriad versions of influenza A viruses found in wild birds and other species could and could not do. Helen Branswell, STAT, 9 May 2024 The couple came to the internet via a video to address the comments and the unexpected backlash Pearman-Maday has supposedly received from internet users. Elizabeth Ayoola, Essence, 3 May 2024 Employees were shocked by the unexpected shuttering Tuesday of three Xbox subsidiaries and the absorption of a fourth. Jason Schreier, Fortune, 9 May 2024 The t:slim X2 has always notified users of impending shutdowns through low-power alerts and alarms, but at least 224 people still reported complications due to the unexpected pump failures. Andrew Paul, Popular Science, 9 May 2024 The addition of McKinney leaves the Aztecs with one available scholarship for 2024-25 after the unexpected departure of the 6-8 Saunders. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 May 2024 In other words, the software does not know how to react when the unexpected happens, such as an animal darting onto the road. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, 1 May 2024

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“The unexpected.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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