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a light-bulb moment

An instance in which an ingenious idea or insight comes to one all of a sudden. A light-bulb moment came to me as I was taking a bath the other day. A: "The idea was Marvin's, and it was truly inspired." B: "What can I say, it was a light-bulb moment."
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Moments," aspiring writers will focus on a light-bulb moment when something made sense in a new way and inspired a new or renewed sense of purpose.
flower auction at Aallsmeer Here, local landscape gardener Ben Van Ooijen also had a light-bulb moment by designing three small, but different, gardens to give clients an idea of just what he could create for them.
Marcella (Anna Friel) has deduced, in a dramatic light-bulb moment, that the killer is a woman.
I looked at the empty wrappers in the car around me and had a light-bulb moment. It was time to make a change.
Sally Norton and Lisa Kendall had the 'light-bulb moment' to form the Hey Diddles after Sally took her young boys to watch Australian group The Wiggles in July 2013.
"I wasn't very well at the time, but I thought, 'If I don't deliver the goods here, who's going to deliver them for Britain in the future?' It was like a light-bulb moment." Weir delivered the goods in Beijing - winning two middle-distance titles - and cleaned up with four gold medals on home soil at London 2012 four years later.
Just when he thought he could never make the EmDrive work, Liam had a light-bulb moment and thought of dusting the EmDrive's interior lining with Icosahedrite.
However, it took her only what she calls a 'light-bulb moment' once atop the summit to conceive Mountain High, her company that has since led multi-national teams of women and men on more than 55 expeditions to 20 countries including the Arctic and Antarctica.
We hope that's the light-bulb moment that turns it around and we do that week in, week out.
LIGHT-BULB MOMENT "All my life, I knew I wanted to have a creative job," Paulina recalls.
But Odon woke the next day to a light-bulb moment. He theorized that the same method for extracting wine corks could be applied to delivering difficult babies.
Certainly, there's a light-bulb moment tonight when they realise that their kids are capable of sorting things out even better than they are themselves.
A poolside light-bulb moment in Rome led to the creation of The Straits, (l-r) Adam Philips, Chris White, Micky Feat, Terence Reis, Alan Clark, Steve Ferrone and Jamie Squire.