Origin of thunderstroke
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Examples from the Web for thunderstroke
The world seems to be on tiptoe, listening for a thunderstroke of Fate.
Be that as it may, hearing of her marriage, several years afterward, was as a thunderstroke.The Life of Lord Byron
As for doctrine, Arminianism and Vorstianism were to be blasted with one thunderstroke from the British throne.The Life of John of Barneveld, 1614-23, Volume II.
John Lothrop Motley
This fell on the province with the power and rapidity of a thunderstroke; it made no cry, no movement; Bretagne expired.The Regent's Daughter
Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
These words fell upon Charlotte like a thunderstroke: she rose from her seat half-fainting, and unconscious of what she did.The Sorrows of Young Werther
J.W. von Goethe