English idioms related to Certainty & Possibility

English idioms related to Certainty & Possibility - Unexpected

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cold turkey
phrase
in a manner that is sudden, unexpected, and not gradual
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damp squib
phrase
something that fails to be what everyone expected
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out of thin air
phrase
in a way that is sudden and often unreal
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to take the cake
phrase
to be the most surprising, outrageous, or absurd
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to throw sb a curveball / curve
phrase
to introduce a surprising or unexpected element or challenge into a situation
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(as) large as life
phrase
used to express a sense of astonishment or surprise when encountering someone or something
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to catch sb napping
phrase
to surprise or outsmart someone who is not paying attention or is unprepared
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to catch sb on the hop
phrase
to surprise someone by doing something when they are not ready or expecting it, making them feel confused or unable to react quickly
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to catch sb with one's hand in the cookie jar
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to catch someone in the act of doing something wrong or inappropriate
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to catch sb with one's pants down
phrase
to unexpectedly expose or confront someone in an embarrassing situation
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to drop / explode a bombshell
phrase
to reveal unexpected and shocking news or information that has a strong impact on those who receive it
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pig in a poke
phrase
a thing that one accepts or buys without making sure if it is good enough to be worth it
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to pull a rabbit out of the hat
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to solve a seemingly impossible problem or accomplish an extremely difficult goal unexpectedly
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to catch / take sb unawares
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to happen to someone without their prior knowledge or anticipation
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the bubble burst
sentence
used to refer to the abrupt termination of a favorable or fortunate situation
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flash in the pan
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someone who experiences temporary success or achievement but ultimately fails to maintain it in the long term
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to blow one's mind
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to deeply astonish or amaze someone, often by presenting them with something unexpected or extraordinary
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beyond one's wildest dreams / fantasies
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used to mean that something that is significantly surpassing what an individual could have ever anticipated or hoped for
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glued / rooted to the spot
phrase
not capable of moving due to being shocked or frightened
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to not know what hit sb
phrase
to become extremely shocked or confused as a result of something undesirable that suddenly happens
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to turn up like a bad penny
phrase
to reappear where one is not welcome or needed
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to hit sb like a ton of bricks
phrase
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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