bolt from (out of) the blue

An unexpected event that strikes like lightning from the sky: “He had been with the company for eighteen years; when he was fired, it must have felt like a bolt from the blue.”


Nearby words

  1. bolshy,
  2. bolson,
  3. bolster,
  4. bolt,
  5. bolt boat,
  6. bolt from the blue, a,
  7. bolt hole,
  8. bolt upright,
  9. bolt-action,
  10. bolt-hole

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