I need help to find some idioms on creating a sudden idea, so I thought, why not, ask the question? So I'm gonna write down the ones I already know and then ask you guys to write yours...

Popped into my mind

An "Aha!" moment

Hit me in the face like a thunderstorm

closed as off-topic by AmE speaker, Lawrence, JonMark Perry, Jason Bassford, Rory Alsop Aug 24 '18 at 7:48

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  • "Questions on choosing an ideal word or phrase must include information on how it will be used in order to be answered. For help writing a good word or phrase request, see: About single word requests" – AmE speaker, Jason Bassford, Rory Alsop
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    Shadow: welcome to the site. You pose an interesting request; but I am not sure it is the type of question that is a good fit for this site. Others here may disagree. But do note that the tag for phrase requests states "Questions on choosing an ideal word or phrase must include information on how it will be used in order to be answered." Please help improve your question by including this information. – AmE speaker Aug 22 '18 at 0:50
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    Also, kindly note that this is not a "brain storming" site.... and that questions are expected to indicate research. Please take a tour of the site and visit the Help Center to see what type of questions are on-topic. – AmE speaker Aug 22 '18 at 0:55
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    While I'm a proponent of finding ideal words or phrases, I'm afraid in this particular case there isn't a specific one that you're looking for that would be the best fit. Asking just for a list isn't something that's as focused as it should be here. If you can isolate some criteria that could clearly point to a single answer that people could aim for, that would be better. – Jason Bassford Aug 22 '18 at 3:16
  • Like a bolt from the blue. – stevesliva Aug 23 '18 at 3:16

As a native speaker of North American English, the first phrase that came to mind for me was epiphany.

Merriam Webster defines epiphany as:

epiphany - noun - epiph·a·ny \ i-ˈpi-fə-nē \ - an illuminating discovery, realization, or disclosure


As in, "I've had an epiphany!"

Others to consider: "Eureka!" and "Break-through"

  • "Questions on choosing an ideal word or phrase must include information on how it will be used in order to be answered." I am talking about the question. Why provide an answer to a question that is not well-formulated? If you are trying to help the user, write a comment; don't indulge them with an answer to a question that does not meet site standards. See recent questions in Meta. – AmE speaker Aug 22 '18 at 0:48
  • I can't have two webpages open at once on my handheld. I needed to save and edit with my source. – Lumberjack Aug 22 '18 at 0:51
  • Yes, I know. Which is why I said I am not referring to your answer; I was referring to the question. It does not include necessary information to make it an on-topic question. – AmE speaker Aug 22 '18 at 0:51
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    No offense, but I'll leave that up to you for tonight. I've already gone through the LQP queue enough times today. I don't know about you, but I find it exhausting, constantly telling people that they are doing things wrong. – Lumberjack Aug 22 '18 at 0:52
  • Yup. To me, the problem is the disconnect (in the site) between the site's invitation to ask a question about EL&U and what the Help Center says are actually on-topic questions. – AmE speaker Aug 22 '18 at 0:58

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