all of a sudden

Also found in: Dictionary, Legal, Acronyms, Idioms, Wikipedia.
Graphic Thesaurus  🔍
Display ON
Animation ON
  • adv

Synonyms for all of a sudden

without warning


happening unexpectedly

References in classic literature ?
Don Quixote had got so far with his song, to which the duke, the duchess, Altisidora, and nearly the whole household of the castle were listening, when all of a sudden from a gallery above that was exactly over his window they let down a cord with more than a hundred bells attached to it, and immediately after that discharged a great sack full of cats, which also had bells of smaller size tied to their tails.
But finally it occurred to me all of a sudden that these animals didn't reason; that THEY never put this and that together; that all their talk showed that they didn't know a discrepancy when they saw it.
He felt good when he came to the park, but all of a sudden he wasn't feeling well,'' Scioscia said.
We get two outs (in the sixth inning) and all of a sudden they score two quick runs right back at you,'' Garner said.
But all of a sudden, ``those'' New York Yankees - the unbeatable New York Yankees - are nowhere to be found.