alight (up)on

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alight (up)on

1. To land or rest upon something. The large black crow alighted on the telephone wire high above the street. As he walked into the room, his eyes alighted upon a gorgeous woman wearing a red dress.
2. To arrive at a thought or idea. The engineer alighted on a mathematical solution to the problem he'd been trying to solve all week.
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alight (up)on someone or something

to land on something; [for a bird or other flying animal] to come to rest on something. (Upon is more formal than on.) A small bird alighted on the branch directly over my head. It alighted upon the branch and began to sing.
See also: alight, on

alight on

v.
1. To come down and settle on something; land on something: I watch the birds alight on the branches outside my window.
2. To discover or arrive at something by chance: The workers alighted on a simple solution to the problem.
See also: alight, on
References in classic literature ?
At that precise moment the travelers should have alighted upon it, if the mischievous meteor had not diverted their course.
The poor horses, tortured almost to death, suffered most from this truly Egyptian plague; the flies alighted upon them in large disgusting swarms; and if the coachman got down and scraped them off, hardly a minute elapsed before they were there again.
I alighted upon the soft moss easily and without mishap, and turning saw my enemies lined up along the further wall.
Sheeta, catlike, alighted upon four out-sprawled feet, the weight of the ape-man crushing him to earth, the long knife again imbedded in his side.
Just then the Gump flew up to them and alighted upon the desert sands beside Glinda.
It had not become that definite, and her mind had only alighted upon the person of John Hardy because he was at hand and unlike his sisters had not been un- friendly to her.
At eleven o'clock we alighted upon a sign which manifestly referred to billiards.
If his prophetic soul had been urged to particularize, it seemed to him that "fits" would have been the definite expression alighted upon.
His great weight made him fall faster than the children walked, and he passed them on the way down; but when he came to the glass pavement he alighted upon it so softly that he was not even jarred.
The businessman was immediately arrested once he alighted upon UAE soil and was handed over to the authorities.
One wonders if Cotterill has alighted upon the set-up he has always wanted.
So Ive actually alighted upon a path of journalism and commentary, because it will enable me to live a multi-issue life, she said.
The foreign-language film Oscar has introduced many significant international filmmakers to American audiences, but rarely has it alighted upon a wholly fresh talent: Only six first-time feature helmers have won the award, with Germany's Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck ("The Lives of Others") the most recent in 2007.
6billion - it's a big scary number and it's the one that our opponents have alighted upon this week.
Having had no significant impact in his early months Malky Mackay has alighted upon a team able to nick the odd win.