hit (one) (right) between the eyes

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hit (one) (right) between the eyes

To suddenly become obvious or apparent to one. After days of struggling to come up with a solution, one finally hit me right between the eyes this morning.
See also: between, eye, hit
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

hit someone (right) between the eyes

1. Lit. to strike someone between the eyes. The baseball hit her right between the eyes.
2. Fig. to become completely apparent; to surprise or impress someone. Suddenly, it hit me right between the eyes. John and Mary were in love. Then—as he was talking—the exact nature of the evil plan hit me right between the eyes. The realization of what had happened hit me between the eyes.
See also: between, eye, hit
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

hit between the eyes

Make someone suddenly aware of something, have a sudden impact on. For example, News of their divorce hit me right between the eyes. [Colloquial; early 1900s]
See also: between, eye, hit
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.
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