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English definition of “the next thing I knew”

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the next thing I knew

informal
C2 used to talk about part of a story that happens in a sudden and surprising way: A car came speeding around the corner, and the next thing I knew I was lying on the ground.
Translations of “the next thing I knew”
in Chinese (Traditional) (用於描述事情突然意外發生)接下來,之後…
in Chinese (Simplified) (用于描述事情突然意外发生)接下来,之后…
(Definition of the next thing I knew from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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