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.
Related Idioms and Phrases :
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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