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Meaning of "a bolt from the blue" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF A BOLT FROM THE BLUE

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WHAT DOES A BOLT FROM THE BLUE MEAN IN ENGLISH?

a bolt from the blue

A Bolt from the Blue

A Bolt from the Blue is British comedy book and play by David Tristram. First published in 2006 and subsequently performed by Tristram's Flying Ducks troop, it follows his normal genre of comedic investigation.

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE A BOLT FROM THE BLUE

a bad lot
a bad patch
a bad penny
a bag of bones
a bag of cats
a beam in one´s eye
a bed of roses
a big ask
a big fish in a small pond
a bird in the hand
a bit
a bit much
a bit of
a bit of all right
a bit of slap and tickle
a bit thick
a breath of fresh air
a bull in a china shop
A bursary
a capella

WORDS THAT END LIKE A BOLT FROM THE BLUE

air-force blue
blue
boys in blue
cobalt blue
Delft blue
duck-egg blue
electric blue
ice blue
indigo blue
into the blue
methylene blue
midnight blue
navy blue
out of the blue
powder blue
robin´s-egg blue
royal blue
sky blue
steel blue
true blue
trypan blue

Synonyms and antonyms of a bolt from the blue in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «A BOLT FROM THE BLUE»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «a bolt from the blue» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of a bolt from the blue

Translation of «a bolt from the blue» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF A BOLT FROM THE BLUE

Find out the translation of a bolt from the blue to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of a bolt from the blue from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «a bolt from the blue» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

晴天霹雳
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

sorpresa absoluta
570 millions of speakers

English

a bolt from the blue
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

नीले से एक बोल्ट
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

الترباس من الأزرق
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

гром среди ясного неба
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

surpresa absoluta
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

বিনা মেঘে বজ্রপাত
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

un coup de tonnerre
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Bolt dari biru
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

ein Blitz aus heiterem Himmel
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

寝耳に水
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

파란색 에서 볼트
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

A bolt saka biru
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

một tia từ màu xanh
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

நீல இருந்து ஒரு ஆணி
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

निळ्या रंगाची बोल्ट
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

hiç beklenmedik olay
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

un fulmine a ciel sereno
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

grom z jasnego nieba
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

грім серед ясного неба
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

un trăsnet din senin
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

ένα μπουλόνι από το μπλε
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

´n weerligstraal uit die bloute
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

en blixt från klar himmel
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

et lyn fra klar himmel
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of a bolt from the blue

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «A BOLT FROM THE BLUE»

The term «a bolt from the blue» is quite widely used and occupies the 30.843 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «A BOLT FROM THE BLUE» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about a bolt from the blue

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «A BOLT FROM THE BLUE»

Discover the use of a bolt from the blue in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to a bolt from the blue and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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A Bolt from the Blue: The Epic True Story of Danger, Darin
In riveting, page-turning prose, veteran journalist Jennifer Woodlief tells the story of the climb, the arrival of the storm, and the unprecedented rescue by the Jenny Lake Rangers, one of the most experienced climbing search-and-rescue ...
Jennifer Woodlief, 2012
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A Bolt from the Blue: Coping with Disasters and Acute Traumas
I think this book offers therapists, clients, and policy makers a view of how to deal with those "bolts from the blue" with more understanding of the nature of trauma and its effects upon the individual and the community.
Salli Saari, 2005
3
A Bolt from the Blue
Third in the intriguing Leonardo da Vinci mystery series known for "capturing the essence of 15th-century Milan".
Diane A. S. Stuckart, 2010
4
A bolt from the blue and other essays
A selection of essays by the novelist and critic represents pieces written between 1930 and 1979 and considers such topics as McCarthyism, Vietnam, Watergate, Eugene O'Neill, J.D. Salinger, Madame Bovary, A Streetcar Named Desire, and women ...
Mary McCarthy, A. O. Scott, 2002
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Pale Fire
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Vladimir Nabokov, 2011
6
The Roeder Protocol 3 - Basic Knowledge - Typical Problems - ...
Now I was laying there between the projects, which marked the beginning and the end of my professional career as an architect of the State`s Real Assets and High-Engineering Administration: GENESIS: LIKE A BOLT FROM THE BLUE On  ...
Frank W. D. Röder, 2011
7
Funding of the arts and heritage: third report of session ...
But I think for Tim it did come as a bolt from the blue that we were going to abolish the UK Film Council. Q393 Damian Collins: Film London has a separate role in taking over some of the international functions. Was it considered whether that ...
Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Culture, Media and Sport Committee, 2011
8
Nuclear Deterrence in Europe: Russian Approaches to a New ...
In Russian thinking, the large intercontinental exchange scenario, similar to those of the past, arises primarily from the prospect of a bolt-from-the-blue attack by the United States. While this continues to remain the focus of much writing, force ...
James T. Quinlivan, Olga Oliker, 2011
9
Nerve Center: Inside the White House Situation Room
However, many intelligence professionals never believed that the Soviets were ever capable of initiating a bolt-from-the-blue strategic attack on the U.S. without generating their forces to full-alert status beforehand, a process generally ...
Michael K. Bohn, 2003
10
The Pursuit of Love
... a bolt from the blue, even this tempestuous event is the outcome of a destiny they have chosen for themselves — as I argue in the next chapter. Those who fall in love may not have decided to feel the great excitement aroused in them by ...
Singer

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «A BOLT FROM THE BLUE»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term a bolt from the blue is used in the context of the following news items.
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The July Agenda...and other news
It will come as a bolt from the blue that the Council has decided it should: 'Develop, agree and promote a set of public service and leadership ... «NOTTINGHAM CITY COUNCIL LOLS, Jul 15»
2
Len Lye: The electric eccentric
Again, it was a bolt from the blue, full of feverishly mutating primitive symbols, the whole shebang crackling with a very contemporary sort of ... «Stuff.co.nz, Jul 15»
3
How charisma of Kids Company leader failed to stop rows and …
For the children's charities waiting for their government funding allocations, the news came as a bolt from the blue: their grants were going to be ... «The Guardian, Jul 15»
4
Toddler brings grief - and much joy
Hwee Suan's medical problems hit them like a bolt from the blue. The baby weighed a hefty 3.75kg at birth. There was nothing to suggest ... «The Straits Times, Jul 15»
5
Gary Silke's Leicester City fanzone: Love him or loathe him, Nigel …
Tuesday evening brought a bolt from the blue when Leicester City announced that they had parted company with Nigel Pearson for a second ... «Leicester Mercury, Jul 15»
6
Larne FC: Connolly departure a bolt from the blue
Larne manager Davy McAlinden admits the loss of goalkeeper John Connolly is a bit of a hammer-blow, not least because he had happily ... «Larne Times, Jul 15»
7
Amy: a heartbreaking look back at the girl with all the gifts
IN 2012, Magic Mike was a bolt from the blue. Charting the rise of a young male stripper, the Steven Soderbergh-directed film was met with ... «Herald, Jul 15»
8
Raptors shock NBA with signing of DeMarre Carroll
The Toronto Raptors kicked off free agency with a bolt from the blue. DeMarre Carroll, an Unrestricted Free Agent who started last season at ... «Raptors Rapture, Jul 15»
9
Stop pretending that Jihadism is about good government and jobs
Being struck by lightning is the proverbial least likely way to die, but during those same years, 460 Americans died by a bolt from the blue. «Haaretz, Jul 15»
10
Author Helen Castor Talks Putting Joan of Arc Back Into Her Own …
Your book lays out very clearly why she was such a bolt from the blue in her own time and why she made a difference, but people who have no ... «Jezebel, Jul 15»

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