a-ha moment


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a-ha moment

A moment or instance at which a sudden, revelatory idea, realization, or solution to a problem comes to mind. We'd been working on the problem at the lab for weeks, but the aha moment came to me when I was out gardening!
See also: moment
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Despite the a-ha moment with the oak tree, Moyer wasn't entirely convinced.
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