burst upon

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Verb1.burst upon - spring suddenly; "He burst upon our conversation"
cut off, disrupt, interrupt, break up - make a break in; "We interrupt the program for the following messages"
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It burst upon the hanging bell, and set The silver pendants chattering.
At the sight Adam's heart fell; the danger of the desperate enterprise which he had undertaken burst upon him.
When she had finished, she felt that she was cold all over, and that a fearful calamity, such as she had not expected, had burst upon her.
We reached the palace without anyone having noticed our absence, when, shortly after, a clashing of drums, and cymbals, and the blare of trumpets burst upon our astonished ears.
Anne followed him with her eyes, and as he withdrew, at every step he took, a disdainful smile was seen playing, then gradually burst upon her lips.
And quickly the light burst upon me with dazzling brightness, illuminating and explaining all that had been weird and uncanny and unnaturally impossible in my dream experiences.
Reminds me of Old Sharon and the public!" He chuckled over the discovery of the remarkable similarity between the sheep-dog and himself, and the sheep and the public--and then burst upon Isabel with a second question.
Still howling, disdaining doorways, with blood-shot eyes and wildly waving muscular arms, Victor burst upon us through the fragile walls.
It was only a few days later that Jessie burst upon her one morning.
At this dark and hopeless moment an inspiration burst upon him!
At a less advanced season of the year the typhoon, according to a famous meteorologist, would have passed away like a luminous cascade of electric flame; but in the winter equinox it was to be feared that it would burst upon them with great violence.
The thunderstorm of war had now rolled southward, and did not again burst upon Massachusetts, where its first fury had been felt.