the last person/thing/place (that) you would expect
: one that you did not expect, so that you are very surprised
Mary's the last person you'd expect to be
stopped for drunk driving.
It's such a quiet little village—it's the
last place you'd expect something like this to happen.
catch somebody off guard/catch somebody unawares
: to happen or do something when someone is not expecting it and not
ready to deal with it
somebody unprepared", "catch somebody by surprise", "take
They were caught unprepared
crisis. = The crisis caught them unawares.
I was caught unawares by the hug and the
kiss he gave me.
The question caught me completely unawares.
Her rude comments really caught me off
The news caught me by surprise.
contrary to expectations
something happens contrary to expectations, it is the opposite of what people
expected to happen
Contrary to expectations, the play was a
contrary to somebody's expectations
Michael won the competition, contrary to
unexpectedly, because no one was told about it
The teacher gave the students an
Investigators from the health department
made unannounced visits to the hospital in March.
arrive unannounced/show up unannounced
They arrived announced at my door.
My brother is famous for showing up at our
houses unannounced, usually around dinner time.
in your wildest dreams
: if something
happens that you did not expect in your wildest dreams, it is so good that you
never thought that there was any possibility that it could happen
In our wildest dreams, we could not have
expected how successful this program would be.
never in somebody's wildest dreams
Never in her wildest dreams had she
imagined she would win the gold medal.
Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine it
would be so much fun.
more than you (had) bargained for
if you get more than you had bargained for, you have more problems or
difficulties while doing something than you had expected or prepared for
The job ended up being more than I had
Their summer vacation turned out to be much
more expensive than they'd bargained for.
We got more than we bargained for when we
bought the house. There's so much work to be done!
I got more than I bargained for when I
signed up as a volunteer.