light dawned

light dawns (on one)

Something suddenly becomes clear, certain, or fully understandable to one. The light dawned when I remembered that my grandfather had been stationed in Japan many years ago. It wasn't until I was able to say it out loud that the light dawned on me about what really happened.
See also: dawn, light

(the) light ˈdawned (on somebody)

somebody suddenly understood or began to understand something: I puzzled over the problem for ages before the light suddenly dawned on me.
See also: dawn, light
References in classic literature ?
Then light dawned on him, and with it came a momentary rush of indignation.
Now a strange light dawned in her eyes, and in a moment she was lost in thought.
A light dawned on Flambeau's face, and he said: "There was something else written by Quinton, some other words.
A light dawned upon his dusky soul, as he thought, through a speech of Mrs.
Each morning, as light dawned, Dennis - now 92 - would scribble down the lines he had composed in the dark.
But as light dawned and villagers who had been opposing waste treatment in their village learnt of the act, a hartal (strike action) was called and fresh protests launched against the government's move.
When light dawned this morning, the Gunners were three points head of United but significantly had played a game more.
Finally the light dawned on both of you that treatment had to be obtained and the result was as you feared.
Suddenly, the light dawned, and I realized that if I am able to remember things I choose to remember, I am also able to forget things I want to forget.
I congratulated myself on my shrewdness until I got them home and light dawned on their unqualified hideousness.
Then the light dawned and I realized that I could see the triangle in a different way.
Ten years ago,) the light dawned on the administration that maybe we shouldn't be making the decisions," she says.
Light dawned however when the award of Christmas bonuses showed how the most honourable of men can be influenced by money when offered enough of it.
The light dawned on the day of a massive anti-Vietnam War Parade on Fifth Avenue.