sky

[ skahy ]
/ skaɪ /

noun, plural skies. Often skies (for defs 1–4).

verb (used with object), skied or skyed, sky·ing.

Informal. to raise, throw, or hit aloft or into the air.
Informal. to hang (a painting) high on a wall, above the line of vision.

Verb Phrases

sky up, Falconry. (of prey, when flushed) to fly straight upward.

Idioms

    out of a/the clear sky, without advance notice or warning; abruptly: An old beau phoned her out of a clear sky.Also out of a/the clear blue sky.
    to the skies, with lavishness or enthusiasm; extravagantly: to praise someone to the skies.Also to the sky.

Origin of sky

1175–1225; Middle English < Old Norse skȳ cloud, cognate with Old English scēo cloud

Related forms

sky·less, adjectivesky·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for out of a clear blue sky

sky

/ (skaɪ) /

noun plural skies

verb skies, skying or skied

rowing to lift (the blade of an oar) too high before a stroke
(tr) informal to hit (a ball) high in the air

Derived Forms

skylike, adjective

Word Origin for sky

C13: from Old Norse skӯ; related to Old English scio cloud, Old Saxon skio, Old Norse skjār transparent skin
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Science definitions for out of a clear blue sky

sky

[ skī ]

The atmosphere, as seen from a given point on the Earth's surface. The sky appears to be blue because the wavelengths associated with blue light are scattered more easily than those that are associated with the other colors.
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Idioms and Phrases with out of a clear blue sky (1 of 2)

out of a clear blue sky


Also, out of the blue. Without warning, suddenly, as in Her offer to help us with the fundraising came out of a clear blue sky, or We got a check from Aunt Ruby out of the blue. These metaphoric terms allude to something dropping unexpectedly from the sky. [Late 1800s] Also see out of nowhere.

Idioms and Phrases with out of a clear blue sky (2 of 2)

sky


In addition to the idiom beginning with sky

, also see

  • blow sky-high
  • out of a clear blue sky
  • pie in the sky

reach for the sky.

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