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dawn on sb

verb [I] uk phrasal verb with dawn   /dɔːn/ us    /dɑːn/
C2 If a fact dawns on you, you understand it after a period of not understanding it: [+ that] I was about to pay for the shopping when it suddenly dawned on me that I'd left my wallet at home.
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