October surprise

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

October +‎ surprise from the surprise news occurring during October

Noun[edit]

October surprise (plural October surprises)

  1. (US, politics) An occurrence that unexpectedly comes to public attention just prior to a November election, especially a presidential election, and that is likely to affect the outcome.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Frequently used to denote a scandal involving a candidate.

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