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suddenly adv
1 happening unexpectedly; "suddenly she felt a sharp pain in her side" [syn: all of a sudden, of a sudden]
2 quickly and without warning; "he stopped suddenly" [syn: abruptly, short, dead]
3 on impulse; without premeditation; "he decided to go to Chicago on the spur of the moment"; "he made up his mind suddenly" [syn: on the spur of the moment]

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  1. Happening quickly and with little or no warning; in a sudden manner.
    Suddenly, the heavens opened and we all got drenched.


happening quickly and with little or no warning

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a corps perdu, aback, abruptly, all at once, bang, by surprise, dash, feverishly, fleetingly, forthwith, hastily, head over heels, headfirst, headforemost, headlong, heels over head, hurriedly, impetuously, implausibly, improbably, impulsively, in a trice, instantaneously, instantly, like a flash, like a thunderbolt, momentarily, of a sudden, on short notice, plop, plump, plunk, pop, precipitantly, precipitately, precipitously, quickly, rapidly, rashly, recklessly, sharp, short, slap, slap-bang, smack, speedily, startlingly, sudden, surprisingly, swiftly, unanticipatedly, unaware, unawares, unexpectedly, unforeseeably, unpredictably, without notice, without warning
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