- dawn upon
- (idiomatic, of an idea) To occur to somebody; to be realized.
It finally dawned on him that he could automate the process instead of doing it by hand each time.
- 2013, Russell Brand, Russell Brand and the GQ awards: 'It's amazing how absurd it seems' (in The Guardian, 13 September 2013)
- What dawned on me as the night went on is that even in apparently frivolous conditions the establishment asserts control, and won't tolerate having that assertion challenged, even flippantly, by that most beautifully adept tool: comedy.
to occur to somebody