a bolt from the blue






a bolt from the blue

a sudden and unexpected event or piece of news

The phrase refers to the unlikelihood of a thunderbolt coming out of a clear blue sky.




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have shot your bolt

have done all that is in your power – informal

In this idiom, the bolt referred to is a thick, heavy arrow for a crossbow.

1998 - Spectator - The Britpop boom has ended…the Spice Girls have shot their bolt.



make a bolt for

try to escape by moving suddenly towards something

A Dolt here is a sudden spring or start into rapid motion, typically that made by a horse breaking into an uncontrollable gallop.




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