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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MOWING THE GRASS DOESN'T RANK HIGH ON the list of major life events, but when the left leg and arm of the person working next to you suddenly stop functioning properly, you realize pretty quickly that some major life events--maybe the most significant ones--are not calendared in advance but burst upon you like an unwelcome surprise.
Humour emerges out of dark corners and horrors of a heightened, comic book nature burst upon you in tableaux enacted in sickly colour.