bolt out of the blue
see bolt from the blue

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • out of the blue — or[out of a clear sky] or[out of a clear blue sky] {adv. phr.}, {informal} Without any warning; by surprise; unexpectedly. * /At the last minute Johnny came out of the blue to catch the pass and score a touchdown./ * /The cowboy thought he was… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • bolt from the blue — Date: 1907 a complete surprise ; something totally unexpected called also bolt out of the blue …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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