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To happen quickly or unexpectedly - synonyms or related words

turn up

to happen unexpectedly or by chance

spring

verb

to happen or appear somewhere suddenly or unexpectedly

sneak up

if something sneaks up on you, it happens when you are not expecting it

shoot

verb

informal

to happen very suddenly and quickly

strike

verb

if something unpleasant or dangerous strikes, or if it strikes someone or something, it happens suddenly and unexpectedly and causes harm or damage to them

supervene

verb

very formal

to happen in an unexpected way, especially in a way that brings major changes

drop/fall into/land in someone’s lap

to suddenly happen or be given to someone without them having to make any effort

take/catch someone by surprise

to happen unexpectedly

gather pace

to start to happen more quickly and have more success

present itself

if something such as an opportunity, idea, or problem presents itself, it suddenly happens

normcore

a fashion trend in which people intentionally wear ordinary, inexpensive, widely-available clothing

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boutonnière

a flower or small bunch of flowers worn on the lapel of a jacket on special occasions

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