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the next thing I/she etc knew

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishthe next thing I/she etc knewthe next thing I/she etc knewinformal used when something surprising happens very suddenly The next thing I knew, I was lying face down on the pavement. next
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the next thing I/she etc knewI had hardly dated, and the next thing I knew I was getting married.And the next thing I knew, I was here.I started to run and the next thing I knew I was lying on the kitchen table.I must have fallen asleep, for the next thing I knew I was woken by the ringing of the telephone.But the next thing she knew she was crying.I fell asleep, and the next thing I knew, some one was waking me.He slipped something in my wine and the next thing I knew was that we were on the Continent.
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