light dawns

light dawns (on one)

To understand or realize something with sudden clarity or certainty. The light finally dawned when I remembered that my grandfather had been stationed in Japan many years ago. She'd been cheating on me for months, but it was only when he left his tie in the house that the light dawned on me.
See also: dawn, light

light dawns

If light dawns, you suddenly realize or understand something. I didn't realize they were a couple till I saw them together last night and the light suddenly dawned. Note: You can also say that light dawns on someone. `Oh!' she said, as if the light had finally dawned on her. `I'm on the wrong floor, huh?'
See also: dawn, light
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Eventually light dawns, and Clara leaves her glasshouse for the world.
Until that light dawns, most educators, businesses and communities will continue to struggle with mediocre results.
It is only in the final surrender, when nothing is left to give, that the limitless light dawns.