all of a sudden
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Entirely without warning, abruptly, as in All of a sudden the lights went out. In Shakespeare's day the common phrase was of a sudden, the word all being added in the late 1600s. Also see all at once, def. 2.
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In the UK, COTTON CANDY is more commonly known as…
Words nearby all of a sudden
allochthonous, allocution, allodial, allodium, all of, all of a sudden, all of the above, allogamy, allogeneic, allogenic, allograft
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How to use all of a sudden in a sentence
All-of-a-sudden Jehosophat felt very funny near the pit of his stomach.Seven O'Clock Stories|Robert Gordon Anderson
It was a new, all-of-a-sudden gray, and in less than a week—so Margaret once told me—bleaching its brown gold to silver.The Little Gray Lady|F. Hopkinson Smith
And Marmaduke liked all-of-a-sudden things to happen--they were so exciting.
And all-of-a-sudden Fatty let go of his coat, and Jehosophat found himself on his feet and on his way to the platform.
Then all-of-a-sudden, from somewhere above them on the outside of the Earth, they heard a great roar.