light dawns

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

light dawns

If light dawns, you suddenly realize or understand something. I didn't realize they were a couple till I saw them together last night and the light suddenly dawned. Note: You can also say that light dawns on someone. `Oh!' she said, as if the light had finally dawned on her. `I'm on the wrong floor, huh?'
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.
But in that quick interchange a new light dawned. Was that something" walking in the dark among the surburban hills?
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.
Until that light dawns, most educators, businesses and communities will continue to struggle with mediocre results.
Psalm 85 -- Reading this psalm I immediately hear the words to the hymn, "Light Dawns on A Weary World" (ELW 726).
Eventually light dawns, and Clara leaves her glasshouse for the world.
It seems no one is sure who first uttered the old wisecrack "Light dawns on Marblehead," but it seems that light has finally begun to dawn on Beacon Hill, as well, with talk that the state should devise a mechanism to divert more of its capital gains tax revenue into reserve accounts as a way of tamping down the volatility that comes with economic booms and busts.
It is only in the final surrender, when nothing is left to give, that the limitless light dawns.
But as the fascicules or volumes appear a new light dawns on the project.