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dim bulb

An unintelligent or slow-witted person. I explained this to you not once, but three times! Are you just a dim bulb, or what?
See also: bulb, dim

a light-bulb moment

An instance in which an ingenious idea or insight comes to one all of a sudden. A light-bulb moment came to me as I was taking a bath the other day. A: "The idea was Marvin's, and it was truly inspired." B: "What can I say, it was a light-bulb moment."
See also: moment

light bulb

A sudden ingenious or inspired idea or insight. We spent hours trying to come up with a solution, when suddenly a light bulb went on in my head. A light-bulb moment came to me as I was taking a bath the other day.
See also: bulb, light

have a light-bulb moment

To be suddenly struck with or inspired by an ingenious idea, insight, or revelation. He'd been trying to work out the puzzle for nearly an hour, when suddenly he had a light-bulb moment and understood how it fit together. A: "But it was Martin who came up with the remarkable idea that saved out company." B: "What can I say—I had a light-bulb moment."
See also: have, moment

a light bulb goes on in (one's) brain

One is suddenly struck with an ingenious or inspired idea, insight, or revelation. We spent hours trying to come up with a solution, when suddenly a light bulb went on in my brain. I kept feeding him subtle hints about the truth of the matter, waiting for a light bulb to go on in his brain.
See also: brain, bulb, goes, light, on

a light bulb goes off in (one's) brain

One is suddenly struck with an ingenious or inspired idea, insight, or revelation. In this expression, the phrasal verb "go off" means "turn on" or "become active." We spent hours trying to come up with a solution, when suddenly a light bulb went off in my brain. I kept feeding him subtle hints about the truth of the matter, waiting for a light bulb to go off in his brain.
See also: brain, bulb, goes, light, off

a light bulb goes on in (one's) head

One is suddenly struck with an ingenious or inspired idea, insight, or revelation. We spent hours trying to come up with a solution, when suddenly a light bulb went on in my head. I kept feeding him subtle hints about the truth of the matter, waiting for a light bulb to go on in his head.
See also: bulb, goes, head, light, on

a light bulb goes off in (one's) head

One is suddenly struck with an ingenious or inspired idea, insight, or revelation. In this expression, the phrasal verb "go off" means "turn on" or "become active." We spent hours trying to come up with a solution, when suddenly a light bulb went off in my head. I kept feeding him subtle hints about the truth of the matter, waiting for a light bulb to go off in his head.
See also: bulb, goes, head, light, off

have a light bulb go on in (one's) brain

To be suddenly struck with an ingenious or inspired idea, insight, or revelation. After nearly four hours trying to come up with a solution, I finally had a light bulb go on in my brain about what we needed to do. Hey, I just had a light bulb go on in my brain—what if we try rerouting the funds through your sister's company to avoid higher tax rates?
See also: brain, bulb, go, have, light, on

have a light bulb go off in (one's) brain

To be suddenly struck with an ingenious or inspired idea, insight, or revelation. In this expression, the phrasal verb "go off" means "turn on" or "become active." After nearly four hours trying to come up with a solution, I finally had a light bulb go off in my brain about what we needed to do. Hey, I just had a light bulb go off in my brain—what if we try rerouting the funds through your sister's company to avoid higher tax rates?
See also: brain, bulb, go, have, light, off

have a light bulb go on (in (one's) head)

To be suddenly struck with an ingenious or inspired idea, insight, or revelation. After nearly four hours trying to come up with a solution, I finally had a light bulb go on in my head about what we needed to do. Hey, I just had a light bulb go on—what if we try rerouting the funds through your sister's company to avoid higher tax rates?
See also: bulb, go, have, light, on

have a light bulb go off (in (one's) head)

To be suddenly struck with an ingenious or inspired idea, insight, or revelation. In this expression, the phrasal verb "go off" means "turn on" or "become active." After nearly four hours trying to come up with a solution, I finally had a light bulb go off in my head about what we needed to do. Hey, I just had a light bulb go off—what if we try rerouting the funds through your sister's company to avoid higher tax rates?
See also: bulb, go, have, light, off

dim bulb

n. a dull person; a stupid person. George seems to be a dim bulb, but he’s a straight-A student.
See also: bulb, dim

light bulb

n. a pregnant woman. (Jocular. Refers to the shape of a pregnant woman.) Who’s the light bulb on the sofa?
See also: bulb, light
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Soon incandescent bulbs won't be an option, but it's unclear how that will affect consumers.