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.

dawn on (someone), to

To perceive or understand for the first time. See light dawned.
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By degrees they will dawn upon you. Let us begin by casting back a glance at the region whence you came.
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.
"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.
Ideally, it should dawn upon you before drinking in the amazing vista of the Peppara dam and the surrounding reservoir that, it is this 423m long structure that augments drinking water supply to the entire city of Thiruvananthapuram.
Indeed, it is increasingly seen as a basic necessity, more so by pressure of work load, the complexity of various emerging trends and development of technology, About importance of the week-long training programme for judges, he said, the week-long course will surely dawn upon you that there is still so much to learn and so much to share and such like courses are very imperative for capacity building and speedy administration of Justice.