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.
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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.
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Still howling, disdaining doorways, with blood-shot eyes and wildly waving muscular arms, Victor burst upon us through the fragile walls.
And I stood with my revolver very ready in my right hand, while with the other I caught poor Eva to my side, even as a door flew open, and Rattray himself burst upon us, a lantern in his hand, and the perspiration shining on his handso me face in its light.
"Well, doctor, suppose we were to go in pursuit of this cloud, since it refuses to burst upon us?"
My sounds seemed momentarily to disconcert the boar, and while he halted and shifted his weight with indecision, an apparition burst upon us.
That Sir Henry should have been exposed to this is, I must confess, a reproach to my management of the case, but we had no means of foreseeing the terrible and paralyzing spectacle which the beast presented, nor could we predict the fog which enabled him to burst upon us at such short notice.
But while we stood admiring the cloud-capped peaks and the lowlands robed in misty gloom a finer picture burst upon us and chained every eye like a magnet--a stately ship, with canvas piled on canvas till she was one towering mass of bellying sail!
All this and a thousand other blessings burst upon us when we live with Jesus.
I remember when the Falklands War burst upon us in 1982 Ardiles was playing at Spurs, but it was thought best that as an Argentine to get out of the country and he went to Paris St Germain on loan.
The scorching summer gives way to the first torrents followed by a cool breeze that raises a distinct scent of the earth, as the clouds burst upon us.
Jay Richards's splendid book about the 2008 financial crisis is far and away the most readable--and even fun--writing I've seen about the financial infection that burst upon us like a ruptured appendix 5 years ago.
Thanksgiving, however, has Advent, Hanukkah and Christmas waiting to burst upon us the minute the dishwasher is loaded.''
Until the Senate controversy featuring Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and some senators (it is hard to call them the minority because Joker Arroyo never became involved, and Miriam Defensor-Santiago seems, technically at least, to belong to the majority), burst upon us. For 14 years the senators were content with the situation until the s t hit the fan, and this, only because some were not content with their "share." It was all right to screw the Filipino people, but it was not all right to screw some senators.
Almost immediately the unforeseen circumstances of the Arab Spring burst upon us, and it became clear assets such as HMS Ark Royal and the Harrier fleet had been scrapped within weeks of being needed.
But hordes of little boys and girls with eyes so blue that they match the colour of the sky, would burst upon us the moment our car stopped, eager to show off their wares and inquisitive enough to ask questions about the portable play station that my brother carried everywhere he went.
It was the start of the heady bull market that ran until the sub-prime folly burst upon us in August, 2007.