dawn (up)on (one)

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dawn (up)on (one)

To occur to one, especially very suddenly or unexpectedly. Once I pulled up to the bank, it dawned on me that I had forgotten my wallet. Did it just dawn on you that throwing the ball in the house might be a bad idea, or did you have that realization before breaking mom's vase?
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

dawn (up)on someone

Fig. [for a fact] to become apparent to someone; [for something] to be suddenly realized by someone. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) Then it dawned upon me that I was actually going to have the job. On the way home, it dawned on me that I had never returned your call, so when I got home I called immediately.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

dawn on

Also, dawn upon. Become evident or understood, as in It finally dawned on him that he was expected to call them, or Around noon it dawned upon me that I had never eaten breakfast. This expression transfers the beginning of daylight to the beginning of a thought process. Harriet Beecher Stowe had it in Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852): "The idea that they had either feelings or rights had never dawned upon her." [Mid-1800s]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

dawn on

or dawn upon
v.
To begin to be perceived or understood by someone; become apparent to someone: It dawned on me that I had forgotten to pick up some milk. A possible motive for the crime dawned upon the detective.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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-- for never sorrow Shall dawn upon him desolate!) And round about his home the glory That blushed and bloomed, Is but a dim-remembered story Of the old time entombed.
1) Sunbeam, of all that ever dawn upon Our seven-gated Thebes the brightest ray, O eye of golden day, How fair thy light o'er Dirce's fountain shone, Speeding upon their headlong homeward course, Far quicker than they came, the Argive force; Putting to flight The argent shields, the host with scutcheons white.
When it once begins to dawn upon you that you are a good deal cleverer than any one else in this world, bashfulness becomes shocked and leaves you.
Two feet off, you dimly observe a half-dressed ruffian, waiting to kill you, and you are preparing for a life-and-death struggle with him, when it begins to dawn upon you that it's Jim.
It is beginning to dawn upon me now what the nature of the motive must be which was responsible for them.
They will, fingers crossed, have made it dawn upon us in these most superficial and selfish of times, that bravery, comradeship, pride, respect, a sense of duty, and the love of one's country and the people who inhabit it, is what makes us rounded human beings.
Speaking to Dawn upon his return from Bali where he submitted a formal request for balance of payments support from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) the finance minister said, 'I heard these reports on the way back from Bali.' He added that these reports were false and those outlets that have run this report, as per his information, will be deleting the content from their website.
"Why, then, did it dawn upon you that it would be a perfectly good idea to mock the physical appearance of a traditional veil, a veil that dates back to before Islam even came about?" Anam added: "You of all people should know not to ridicule physical appearances.
He paid rich tributes to martyred Sohail Abid and said that the sacrifice like this will never go in vain and peace will dawn upon our beloved country.
In the light of recent events concerning the Commission on Human Rights budget, we can't help but recall the unjust killing of Kian delos Santos as if it were some sort of foreshadowing on the horrors that have already begun to dawn upon our country.
"We hope that the day of light will dawn upon us to solve this problem," she said.
When will the sage's wise words dawn upon those perpetrating violence in the name of Hinduism?
"Now we are observing the situation, hoping that wisdom will dawn upon them (Awami League).