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out of the blue

Meaning: If something happens out of the blue, you're not expecting it to happen and you're surprised when it does.

For example:

  • A letter came today, totally out of the blue, from a lawyer who said that an uncle I hadn't heard from in years had died and left me a million dollars. But then my alarm went off ... and I woke up.

  • A girl Barry had known years ago called him out of the blue and invited him to her wedding. He was very surprised, as you can imagine.

Quick Quiz:

The economic crash came out of the blue. Nobody
  1. had predicted it
  2. had minded it
  3. had understood it

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