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OUT OF THE BLUE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does out of the blue mean? 

OUT OF THE BLUE (adjective)
  The adjective OUT OF THE BLUE has 1 sense:

1. not anticipated

  Familiarity information: OUT OF THE BLUE used as an adjective is very rare.


OUT OF THE BLUE (adverb)
  The adverb OUT OF THE BLUE has 1 sense:

1. in a way that was not expected

  Familiarity information: OUT OF THE BLUE used as an adverb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


OUT OF THE BLUE (adjective)


Sense 1out of the blue [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not anticipated

Synonyms:

out of the blue; unanticipated; unforeseen; unlooked-for

Context examples:

unanticipated and disconcerting lines of development / unforeseen circumstances / a virtue unlooked-for in people so full of energy / like a bolt out of the blue

Similar:

unexpected (not expected or anticipated)


OUT OF THE BLUE (adverb)


Sense 1out of the blue [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

In a way that was not expected

Synonyms:

out of the blue; unexpectedly

Context example:

her brother showed up at the wedding out of the blue


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