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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Colin Ritchie, in the guise of Gregory Stepanovich Smirnov, bursts upon the scene and sparks fly.
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But immediately upon their return from the fair Beloved bursts upon the scene and gradually forces Paul D out of 124.
The habit is carried on in secret for years until it bursts upon the public in some unexpected way.
It bursts upon Santa Fe with an almosthurricane gusto one weekend each August.