Definition of All of a sudden

1. Adverb. Without warning. "All at once, he started shouting"

Exact synonyms: All At Once

2. Adverb. Happening unexpectedly. "Suddenly she felt a sharp pain in her side"
Exact synonyms: Of A Sudden, Suddenly

Definition of All of a sudden

1. Adverb. (set phrase colloquial) Suddenly, quickly. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of All Of A Sudden

all in
all in(p)
all in a day's work
all in all
all in good time
all ins
all it's cracked up to be
all kidding aside
all kinds of
all mouth and no trousers
all mouth and trousers
all my eye
all my eye and Betty Martin
all nations
all night
all of a sudden (current term)
all of the sudden
all on a sudden
all one
all one's eggs in one basket
all or none
all or none law
all out
all over
all over again
all over but the shouting
all over hell's half acre
all over the board
all over the map
all over the place

Literary usage of All of a sudden

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Writings in Prose and Verse of Rudyard Kipling by Rudyard Kipling (1899)
"You're blasted sentimental all of a sudden. Think- in' o' your last near shave ? " "Nay, lad; Ah was but thinkin' o' what had happened. ..."

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