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There were few surprises in the basketball playoffs this year.
Holman's arrest came as a surprise to the entire community.
Given the dismal sales performance, the change of management came as no surprise.
Let's hope there are no more unpleasant surprises in store for us.
The Angels could be in for a surprise if they expect an easy victory.
Many students expressed surprise at the news.
Much to my surprise, the restaurant was actually very nice.
He gave his son a job and surprise, surprise, in six months he became a director.
Protesters marched into the governor's office, taking security forces by surprise.
The storm caught the fishermen completely by surprise.
used for showing that you are surprised
used for showing that you are surprised, especially when you are not pleased
an informal way of saying that what someone has just said is very surprising
used for emphasizing that what someone has just said is so surprising that you can't believe it
used for emphasizing that something that has just happened is so surprising that you can't believe it
used for emphasizing that what you are about to tell someone is surprising but true
used for saying that something is so surprising that no one could have expected it
This is the American English definition of surprise. View British English definition of surprise.
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