a light bulb goes off in (one's) brain(redirected from a light bulb went off)
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. Hey, a light bulb just went off in my brain—what if we try rerouting the funds through your sister's company to avoid higher tax rates?
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