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get one's fingers burntTo suffer relatively minor, adversive, and unexpected harm.Rate it:

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hit a snagTo encounter an unexpected problem or delay.Rate it:

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more than one bargained forAn unexpected and, usually, unwanted result of a decision or action.Rate it:

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shook ya droorsa trick, a quick move around an unexpected opponent, or person to gain ground.Rate it:

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turn up for the bookA very unexpected, usually pleasant, surprise.Rate it:

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you saved my bacon:An action or development contributed by another which resulted in unexpected grand results to your benefit!Rate it:

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come out withTo say something unexpected.Rate it:

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as one doesUsed to indicate an unusual or unexpected situation.Rate it:

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dark horseAn unexpected success.Rate it:

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Sight for Sore EyesA pleasant and good surprise, an unexpected thing that can relieve you of your troubleRate it:

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strike it luckyTo have unexpected good fortune.Rate it:

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hit someone for sixBe affected in a devastating way by some unexpected news.Rate it:

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fire offTo ask an unexpected question rapidly.Rate it:

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Bolt from the BlueSome situation or condition, which is quite shocking, unexpected or happens all of a suddenRate it:

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drain the swamp when up to one's neck in alligators(idiomatic) When performing a long and complex task, and when you've gotten utterly immersed in secondary and tertiary unexpected tangential subtasks, it's easy to lose sight of the initial objective. This sort of distraction can be particularly problematic if the all-consuming subtask or sub-subtask is not, after all, particularly vital to the original, primary goal, but ends up sucking up time and resources (out of all proportion to its actual importance) only because it seems so urgent.Rate it:

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throw a spanner in the worksTo be a problem, dilemma or obstacle, something unexpected or troublesome.Rate it:

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spannerA problem, dilemma or obstacle; something unexpected or troublesome.Rate it:

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blessing in disguiseA misfortune that has an unexpected benefit.Rate it:

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no plan survives contact with the enemyIt is a reality of conflict that, after a plan against an enemy is begun, there will always be unexpected elements resulting from opposition that require improvisation and deviation from the original plan.Rate it:

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as you doUsed to indicate an unusual or unexpected situation.Rate it:

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bowl a googlySomething unexpected, underhand or requiring a quick reaction or correction.Rate it:

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change upTo confuse someone by doing something unexpected or in an unexpected way.Rate it:

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coup de foudreA sudden unexpected event, especially an emotional one; love at first sight.Rate it:

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curveballAn unexpected turn of events initiated by an opponent or chance.Rate it:

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eureka momentThe moment of a sudden unexpected discovery.Rate it:

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fall between the cracksTo wind up in an unexpected situation which is, inadvertently, invisible to or not handled by whatever process one had hoped to be subject to; to be overlooked.Rate it:

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go so far asTo do something in an extreme fashion; to reach an unexpected extent in doing something.Rate it:

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have the time of your lifeThe experience, situation, developments, surprises, unexpected legacy, unusual positive actions from your friends, relatives, employers.Rate it:

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how about thatA general statement of surprise or bemusement with regard to a particular event.; isn't that good, or unexpected, etc.Rate it:

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I beg your pardonA phrase used to ask for clarification of something said if it is unexpected, odd or seen as rude without contextRate it:

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it's a small worldUsed to express surprise at meeting an acquaintance or discovering a personal connection in a distant place or an unexpected context.Rate it:

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it’s a doozyA description of an unusual or unexpected experience or realization.Rate it:

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jump down someone's throatTo criticise with excessive and unexpected harshness.Rate it:

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kick in the teethA humiliating insult or instance of bad treatment, especially when one is expecting friendship or in need of support; a sudden and unexpected setback; a strong rebuff.Rate it:

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left turnAn unexpected change from the way things seemed to be going.Rate it:

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melt upOf the price of a security, to increase to an unexpected degree.Rate it:

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minor miracleAn improbable, unexpected, or surprising achievement or other occurrence that is fortunate and agreeable.Rate it:

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monkey wrenchA problem, obstacle or dilemma; something unexpected or troublesome.Rate it:

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music to one's earSome unexpected good news; a favorable outcome after some initial confusion or delay.Rate it:

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on peut s'attendre à tout, surtout à l'inattenduOne may expect anything, especially the unexpected.Rate it:

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out of nowhereIn an unexpected or inexplicable manner of arrival or occurrence.Rate it:

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put out a fireTo address a problem, especially an unexpected one caused by the incompetence, negligence, or misconduct of another person.Rate it:

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see the elephantTo witness something unexpected and awe-filling. [early 19th c. to Civil War]Rate it:

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son of a gunA phrase expressing surprise or learning about some some unexpected news.Rate it:

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sucker punchAn unexpected punch or similar blow.Rate it:

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sucker punchTo deliver an unexpected blow.Rate it:

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that's the way the cookie crumblesThe Unexpected Outcome, the disappointing results: 'Shit HappensRate it:

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throw somebody a curveTo surprise; to introduce something unexpected or requiring a quick reaction or correction.Rate it:

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throw someone a curveTo surprise; to introduce something unexpected or requiring a quick reaction or correction.Rate it:

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trouble in paradiseAn unexpected problem in a supposedly positive situation, especially in a marital or romantic relationship.Rate it:

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