lightbulb moment

lightbulb moment

n
informal a moment of sudden inspiration, revelation, or recognition
[C20: from the cartoon image of a light bulb lighting up above a character's head when he or she has an idea]
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IT was one of Teesside's most intriguing auctions - and it gave Susan Kershaw a real lightbulb moment.
I wouldn't call it a lightbulb moment but I had a moment of 'I need to help others that are feeling this,'" she said.
didn't sound like the words of a referee who had just had a lightbulb moment and thought: "I know, let's see if TV has shown anything.
Sometimes a child will make a disclosure in school after a certain class such as PHSE (personal, social, health and economic) education, it can be a bit of a lightbulb moment when they think, 'that happened to me'" she added.
Mike Robinson, joint owner of Jeffrey's, says he had a lightbulb moment early one February morning: "Last Christmas, I was given a book on gins, tonic waters and syrups - with recipes for home-made tonics.
The lightbulb moment came when Julie's GP prescribed her beta-blockers to help with her panic attacks.
Prizes on the night will include the Joseph Swan Award for the best lightbulb moment, the George Stephenson Award for the person that lets off a lot of steam and the Catherine Cookson Award for the region's best storyteller.
But you can't "make" him do anything and you have to be careful that you don't end up wasting years of your life, waiting and hoping for him to have that lightbulb moment that never happens.
Of course, this lightbulb moment came while she was a drunk guest on Vernon (Todd Robert Anderson) and Becca's (Janet Varney) podcast.
The players believe we just need that lightbulb moment when we will all suddenly click and take off," Caves added.
And for Conte, just seven games into his managerial stint, it was the lightbulb moment that forced the changes that would turn around their season.
The lightbulb moment came when they decided to turn their passion into a business and started Volet from Julia's garage studio.