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 English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 

Idioms: Surprise, Astonishment and Disbelief-1
from: 'a bolt from the blue'   to:  'knock down with a feather'

  • (a) bolt from the blue
    • To refer to something as a bolt from the blue means that it happened totally unexpectedly and was a complete surprise.
      "The chairman's resignation came as a bolt from the blue."

  • out of the blue
    • If something happens out of the blue, it happens unexpectedly and causes a surprise.
      "I had nearly given up hope when out of the blue I was offered a job"

  • catch (someone) off guard
    • When you catch someone off guard, you surprise them by doing something they do not expect and that makes them feel confused or uncertain.
      "You caught me off guard! I was just having a rest before going back to work!”
      "The offer of early retirement caught me off guard. I had no idea it was coming!"

  • caught unawares
    • If someone is caught unawares, they are surprised and unprepared for what happens.
      "The security guard moved so silently that the thief was caught unawares."

  • credibility gap
    • The extent of disbelief, of the difference between what you are asked to believe and what you are able to believe, is called a credibility gap
      "The growing credibility gap may lead to a serious loss of votes in the next elections."

  • do a double take
    • Someone who does a double take looks again in surprise at something unexpected.
      "He did a double take when he saw his wife in a restaurant with another man."

  • drop a bombshell
    • If you drop a bombshell, you make an unexpected announcement which will greatly change a situation.
      "The chairman dropped a bombshellwhen he announced the merger with the company's biggest rival."

  • eyes on stalks
    • If your eyes are on stalks when you look at something, they are wide open with surprise or amazement.
      "The child's eyes were on stalks as he watched the magician's performance."

  • (your) jaw drops
    • If someone's jaw drops, they show total amazement.
      "When the prize was announced, the winner's jaw dropped."

  • it's a small world
    • People use this expression to show surprise when, for example, unexpectedly meeting someone they know in an unusual place, or discovering that they have a friend or acquaintance in common, etc.
      "My new colleague is your brother’s girlfriend? Wow, it’s a small world!"

  • jump out of one's skin
    • If you jump out of your skin, you are extremely surprised or shocked.
      "Jane nearly jumped out of her skinwhen the horse put its head through the kitchen window!"

  • knock your socks off
    • If something amazes you, or impresses you greatly, it knocks your socks off.
      "The magnitude of the project will knock the socks offeveryone in the office."

  • knock down with a feather
    • To say 'you could have knocked me down with a feather' emphasizes the fact that you were extremely surprised.
      "When I heard the name of the winner, you could have knocked me down with a feather!"

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