light bulb moment


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light bulb moment

n
1. 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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"When an update came through the letterbox after my own dog died, it was a light bulb moment. I knew I wanted another dog.
There were many more but Nathan Truesdale won the best topic with his inspired talk on the light bulb moment.
"Against Wolfsburg it was a light bulb moment where you think 'If he does that then he has got a big chance.' But he is only 17 and is learning."
Back at the villa, Amber continued to plot her way out of her coupling with poor 'old' Callum and, seeing that Joe was single, she had a light bulb moment. She tried to strike up a conversation with Joe, but his thoughts were still clearly occupied by Lucie.
Looking out of the window at her family home on Knowl Road, the old wash-house at the bottom of her garden prompted a light bulb moment.
The cocktails in question will be its famous Light Bulb Moment drinks, which if you've ever had before, or spotted on someone else's Instagram or Snapchat, you'll know is very visually impressive!
"At the organization where we had our light bulb moment for the app, we observed that QA managers routinely spent upwards of an hour to onboard employees, just to locate and manually assign necessary training pages," says Radbee CEO, Rina Nir.
"I was a spectator at the worlds when they were last hosted in Scotland back in 2005 and it was a light bulb moment. I had just started curling and met the team representing Scotland and I knew at that point I wanted to become a competitive curler and represent my country.
It all began in the spring when my wife Jenny and I had a 'bulb' rather than a light bulb moment and decided on a flight to Amsterdam for a river cruise through Holland and Belgium onboard the MS Serenity.
"Suddenly there was this amazing character going through the same thing I was about to go through," explains Warner, who refers to that period as the great light bulb moment in her life and a catalyst toward creating her own stories about the LGBTQ experience.
It was on the gymnastics mats as a senior at Hersey High School where Mark Van den Avont had the light bulb moment that led to his work as a budding entrepreneur.
Then she has a light bulb moment, this time while looking in a lettings agent window.
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