Definition of October surprise in English:

October surprise

Syllabification: Oc·to·ber sur·prise


Any political event orchestrated (or apparently orchestrated) in the month before an election, in the hopes of affecting the outcome: even the much-vaunted October surprise might fail to move the race in one direction or another
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  • And so the North Koreans would only succeed in isolating themselves further if they're somehow trying to gain negotiating leverage or their own October surprise.
  • It is, in short, the definitive October surprise.
  • Well, you know, everyone's been talking about the October surprise.

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