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dawn (up)on (one)

To occur to one. Once I pulled up to the bank, it dawned on me that I had forgotten my wallet. Did it just dawn on you that throwing the ball in the house might be a bad idea, or did you have that realization before breaking mom's vase?
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dawn (up)on someone

Fig. [for a fact] to become apparent to someone; [for something] to be suddenly realized by someone. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) Then it dawned upon me that I was actually going to have the job. On the way home, it dawned on me that I had never returned your call, so when I got home I called immediately.
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dawn on

Also, dawn upon. Become evident or understood, as in It finally dawned on him that he was expected to call them, or Around noon it dawned upon me that I had never eaten breakfast. This expression transfers the beginning of daylight to the beginning of a thought process. Harriet Beecher Stowe had it in Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852): "The idea that they had either feelings or rights had never dawned upon her." [Mid-1800s]
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dawn on

or dawn upon
v.
To begin to be perceived or understood by someone; become apparent to someone: It dawned on me that I had forgotten to pick up some milk. A possible motive for the crime dawned upon the detective.
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References in classic literature ?
When it once begins to dawn upon you that you are a good deal cleverer than any one else in this world, bashfulness becomes shocked and leaves you.
Two feet off, you dimly observe a half-dressed ruffian, waiting to kill you, and you are preparing for a life-and-death struggle with him, when it begins to dawn upon you that it's Jim.
It is beginning to dawn upon me now what the nature of the motive must be which was responsible for them.
In the light of recent events concerning the Commission on Human Rights budget, we can't help but recall the unjust killing of Kian delos Santos as if it were some sort of foreshadowing on the horrors that have already begun to dawn upon our country.
We hope that the day of light will dawn upon us to solve this problem," she said.
When will the sage's wise words dawn upon those perpetrating violence in the name of Hinduism?
It took some time for comprehension to dawn upon us and then Ms Dennis was suddenly shattered.
Now we are observing the situation, hoping that wisdom will dawn upon them (Awami League).
I am hopeful that wisdom would dawn upon all Opposition parties and all of them would stand up against this injustice," he said.
I'm hopeful that wisdom would dawn upon opposition parties and they would stand together against this injustice," Reddy said.
However, as the new year is set to dawn upon Pakistan, it has become abundantly clear that Taliban militants are just not willing to sit across the table with representatives from Pakistan's ruling structure to discuss the terms to end a more than a decade-long conflict.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his speech at the state banquet said, "With the end of terrorism a new era of peace and development had dawn upon our nation and as Sri Lanka continuing on the path of development, we have requested our friends in the international community to be partners in this process", President Mahinda Rajapaksa said.
When the situation began to dawn upon her, the girl developed an eating disorder.