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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 


SURPRISE - ASTONISHMENT - DISBELIEF, page 1

Idioms
from:   '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"

  • 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 bombshell when 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."

  • 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 skin when 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 off everyone 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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