burst (up)on (one)

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burst (up)on (one)

To occur to one suddenly. After that idea burst upon me, I was able to alter the experiment and finally achieve some success.
See also: burst

burst (up)on someone

Fig. [for an idea] to strike someone suddenly. (As if an idea had burst forth. Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) After thinking all morning long, this really tremendous idea burst upon me. It burst on me like a bolt of lightning.
See also: burst, on
References in classic literature ?
At the sight Adam's heart fell; the danger of the desperate enterprise which he had undertaken burst upon him.
He grabbed two large kitchen knives and ran to the front door just as the panel on the door burst upon him.
Armed strangers burst upon him and his girlfriend Holly; Holly is shot and in panic Jackson jumps back from 2009 to 2007 and is unable to return to his own time.