cold turkey
/kˈoʊld tˈɜːki/
in a manner that is sudden, unexpected, and not gradual
damp squib
/dˈæmp skwˈɪb/
something that fails to be what everyone expected
out of thin air
/ˌaʊɾəv θˈɪn ˈɛɹ/
in a way that is sudden and often unreal
to take the cake
/tˈeɪk ðə kˈeɪk/
to be the most surprising, outrageous, or absurd
to throw sb a curveball / curve
/θɹˈoʊ ˌɛsbˈiː ɐ kˈɜːvɪbˌɔːl kˈɜːv/
to introduce a surprising or unexpected element or challenge into a situation
(as) large as life
/æz lˈɑːɹdʒ æz lˈaɪf/
used to express a sense of astonishment or surprise when encountering someone or something
to catch sb napping
/kˈætʃ ˌɛsbˈiː nˈæpɪŋ/
to surprise or outsmart someone who is not paying attention or is unprepared
to catch sb on the hop
/kˈætʃ ˌɛsbˈiː ɑːnðə hˈɑːp/
to surprise someone by doing something when they are not ready or expecting it, making them feel confused or unable to react quickly
to catch sb with one's hand in the cookie jar
/kˈætʃ ˌɛsbˈiː wɪð wˈʌnz hˈænd ɪnðə kˈʊki dʒˈɑːɹ/
to catch someone in the act of doing something wrong or inappropriate
to catch sb with one's pants down
/kˈætʃ ˌɛsbˈiː wɪð wˈʌnz pˈænts dˈaʊn/
to unexpectedly expose or confront someone in an embarrassing situation
to drop / explode a bombshell
/dɹˈɑːp ɔːɹ ɛksplˈoʊd ɐ bˈɑːmʃɛl/
to reveal unexpected and shocking news or information that has a strong impact on those who receive it
pig in a poke
/pˈɪɡ ɪn ɐ pˈoʊk/
a thing that one accepts or buys without making sure if it is good enough to be worth it
to pull a rabbit out of the hat
/pˈʊl ɐ ɹˈæbɪt ˌaʊɾəv ðə hˈæt/
to solve a seemingly impossible problem or accomplish an extremely difficult goal unexpectedly
to catch / take sb unawares
/kˈætʃ ɔːɹ tˈeɪk ˌɛsbˈiː ˌʌnəwˈɛɹz/
to happen to someone without their prior knowledge or anticipation
the bubble burst
/ðə bˈʌbəl bˈɜːst/
used to refer to the abrupt termination of a favorable or fortunate situation
flash in the pan
/flˈæʃ ɪnðə pˈæn/
someone who experiences temporary success or achievement but ultimately fails to maintain it in the long term
to blow one's mind
/blˈoʊ wˈʌnz mˈaɪnd/
to deeply astonish or amaze someone, often by presenting them with something unexpected or extraordinary
beyond one's wildest dreams / fantasies
/bɪjˌɑːnd wˈʌnz wˈaɪldəst dɹˈiːmz fˈæntəsiz/
used to mean that something that is significantly surpassing what an individual could have ever anticipated or hoped for
glued / rooted to the spot
/ɡlˈuːd ɹˈuːɾᵻd tə ðə spˈɑːt/
not capable of moving due to being shocked or frightened
to not know what hit sb
/nˌɑːt nˈoʊ wˌʌt hˈɪt ˌɛsbˈiː/
to become extremely shocked or confused as a result of something undesirable that suddenly happens
to turn up like a bad penny
/tˈɜːn ˌʌp lˈaɪk ɐ bˈæd pˈɛni/
to reappear where one is not welcome or needed
to hit sb like a ton of bricks
/hˈɪt ˌɛsbˈiː lˈaɪk ɐ tˈʌn ʌv bɹˈɪks/
to experience the sudden, surprising, and overwhelming impact of something, that catches someone off guard and leaves them feeling stunned or overwhelmed
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