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bolt from the blue

phrase
variants: also bolt out of the blue

Synonyms of bolt from the blue

something that makes a strong impression because it is so unexpected
  • a windfall that came as a bolt from the blue

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The first known use of bolt from the blue was in 1856

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“Bolt from the blue.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/bolt%20from%20the%20blue. Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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