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    Default An English Idiom that means unexpected?

    I need an english idiom which means "unexpected". Normally you expect high potential with high risk but in this concept high potential comes with low risk? Which idioms can I use for this meaning? If it refers to financial terms it's going to be super!

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    Default Re: An English Idiom that means unexpected?

    That sounds counter-intuitive to me, though that's not an idiom.

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    Default Re: An English Idiom that means unexpected?

    Quote Originally Posted by gladyator89 View Post
    Normally you expect high potential with high risk but in this concept high potential comes with low risk?
    Sounds like a con to me.

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    Default Re: An English Idiom that means unexpected?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Sounds like a con to me.
    Sorry, what do you mean?

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    Default Re: An English Idiom that means unexpected?

    I mean that it sounds as if it is a confidence trick.

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    Default Re: An English Idiom that means unexpected?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I mean that it sounds as if it is a confidence trick.
    So what's the answer of my question?

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    Default Re: An English Idiom that means unexpected?

    Quote Originally Posted by gladyator89 View Post
    So what's the answer of my question?
    Windfall.

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    Default Re: An English Idiom that means unexpected?

    I remember a TV programme when North Sea Oil was discovered, which considered different ways of Spending the Windfall. That sounds like the right sort of context - financial/investment
    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Sounds like a con to me.
    If a proposition looks too good to be true, it probably is.

    To answer the query in the subject line, 'you could have knocked me down with a feather', but I don't see what that has to do with the OP.

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    Last edited by BobK; 16-Apr-2013 at 17:31. Reason: Add response to #7

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    Default Re: An English Idiom that means unexpected?

    out of the blue = unexpected

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    Default Re: An English Idiom that means unexpected?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hossam Mekky View Post
    out of the blue = unexpected
    Bingo. Why couldn't I think of that?

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