aha moment

aha moment

noun Informal.
a point in time, event, or experience when one has a sudden insight or realization: My aha moment was when I put on my shorts from last summer and they didn’t fit.

from the expression aha, used to signal sudden awareness or comprehension

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aha moment
an instant at which the solution to a problem becomes clear

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Main Entry:  aha moment
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a sudden understanding, recognition, or resolution; also called [aha reaction]
Example:  Once she had that aha moment, she knew how to proceed.
Etymology:  1939
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