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Idiom
out of the blue
a bolt from the blue
 
 
Meaning
something that is totally unexpected
 
 
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The news that his father had died was a bolt from the blue.
 
 
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The takeover offer was a real bolt from the blue.
 
 
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Because she was young nobody anticipated her death, it really came out of the blue.
 
 
Story
The expression out of the blue alludes to totally unforeseen lightning or thunder from a cloudless (blue) sky.
 
 
Story
The expression 晴天霹雳 literally means thunderbolt from the clear sky.
 
 
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The phrase a bolt from the blue refers to the unlikelihood of a thunderbolt coming out of a clear blue sky.
 
 
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