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Dawn on me: (or dawned on me for past tense). A figure of speech meaning "occur to me."
Synonyms: Occur, realize, register, understand.
Bob: Have you talked to Mark lately? I think his dad died.
Rick:Nah, man. But that explains why he hasn't been hanging out much. So, when did you talk to him?
Bob: Oh, actually I haven't talked to or seen him yet...
Rick: Then how did you know his dad was dead?
Bob: Well they had that other guy working at the hardware store everyday and I asked where his dad was. They said "he's no longer with us." I just thought they meant he quit, but it didn't dawn on me until later that they meant he passed away.
Rick: What a drag...
by JemandtheHolograms July 21, 2010
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