hit (one) like a ton of bricks

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hit (one) like a ton of bricks

To have a sudden and significant impact on one. The news that my cousin had died really hit me like a ton of bricks.
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Her art can hit you like a ton of bricks, dissecting the most uncomfortable aspects of gender, society, religion, and politics.