Cliche of the Week 108 – Bolt from the Blue

September 11, 2012 at 10:47 am Leave a comment

When dreams come true they sometimes come as a bolt from the blue despite the years of hard work.

These unheralded moments aren’t as common as many journalistic cliches but appear more often in sport and are mostly reported in British news pages and those in India.

“But it was like a bolt from the blue in the swimming world last night when the schoolgirl (Bethany Firth) silenced any naysayers of the Paralympics.” (Irish Daily Mail, September 1)

“Mr (Steve) Morgan’s move is not a bolt from the blue after he returned to the board of the Flintshire-based firm three years ago to revive its fortunes.” (The Independent, September 1)

“Although it was not completely a bolt from the blue, it was a dream come true all the same.” (The Scotsman, July 31)

“(Trainer Kim) Bailey, who has had winners at both tracks, said the news had come as a `bolt from the blue’.”

(Gloucestershire Echo, July 28)

“These findings did not come as a bolt from the blue.” (Vancouver Sun, July 27)

“The Nationalist Congress Party chief hurled a bolt from the blue first at UPA and then at his real target-Maharashtra.” (Deccan Herald, July 25)

Cliché of the Week appears in The Australian newspaper Mondays. Clichés in the media are tracked across the world using Factiva and Dow Jones Insight.

Chris Pash’s book, The Last Whale , a true story set in the 1970s, was published by Fremantle Press in 2008.

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