thunderclap :

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  • n  a single sharp crash of thunder
  • n  a shocking surprise

  • He hit the American scene like a thunderclap, upended our politics, shattered decades of conventional wisdom and overcame centuries of the social pecking order.
  • You understand that right away from the thunderclap that is the first gallery of "El Greco to Velzquez: Art During the Reign of Philip III," which has just opened at the Museum .
  • As the captive, pretty Lu Huang gives a bold, nuanced performance in a film whose last potent, if predictable earned a thunderclap of applause and cheers from the audience.
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  • Baseball: Storm in 13th cuts short Bonser’s home debut
    A game that seemed destined to stretch into infinity yesterday afternoon in Huntington Park ended with a lightning strike and a thunderclap before the start of the 13th inning. The Clippers and Indianapolis Indians were tied 4-4 at the moment that the storm announced its arrival. Clippers pitcher Boof Bonser high-tailed it off the mound to the dugout and watched for a bit with his new teammates ...
    July 11, 2013 - WBNS-10TV Columbus

  • Torii Hunter in Los Angeles Times
    Right when it went over the fence I heard a thunderclap,Angels center fielder Torii Hunter said. "I'm like, 'Hurry up and get these guys out, because they're swinging with thunder.' That was crazy. We better hurry up and get off this...
  • James Ehnes in Toronto Star
    When it's just right, the instrument speaks in a certain way. It's a magical thing,explains Ehnes. "On the DVD I think I refer to it as a thunderclap."
  • Barack Obama in AFP
    A number that big is a thunderclap over the political process,Obama said in a message to supporters on Monday. "It means our campaign has more supporters than any campaign in history at this point in an election, and its a wake-up call to...

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