burst (up)on (one)

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burst (up)on (one)

To occur to one suddenly. After that idea burst upon me, I was able to alter the experiment and finally achieve some success.
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burst (up)on someone

Fig. [for an idea] to strike someone suddenly. (As if an idea had burst forth. Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) After thinking all morning long, this really tremendous idea burst upon me. It burst on me like a bolt of lightning.
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He looked at her in amazement, the wonder of woman bursting upon him in a more transcendent glory than ever, and he had seen much of the wonder of woman in Genevieve.
It enhances the grain quality by increasing the starch contents, quality index, kernel elongation, and bursting upon cooking.
His is the dread of one who is completely pure and holy as he sees the entire flood of this world's evil bursting upon him.
while the sable mantle of night was yet spread over the mighty Pacific, shrouding the neighbouring islands from our view, and while the stillness of death reigned everywhere about us, our ears were suddenly assailed by a sound that could only be equalled by ten thousand thunders bursting upon the air at once," while, at the same instant, the whole hemisphere was lighted up with a horrid glare that might have appalled the stoutest heart
WITH spring bursting upon us next week, and schools closing their doors for the earliest Easter break in almost a century, it's time to once again enjoy a day out with your family.
Martin O'Neill has hogged the headlines this particular week, bursting upon our awareness once again after almost a year locked away nursing his ill wife.