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Bubble to the surface


Further information may arise. A solution may appear. Bubbles, of course, rise up through hazy water, so this phrase signals an idea emerging or an answer coming to the surface. The use of ‘bubble’ proposes a slow accumulation of facts or inspiration. (Compare to Dribs & drabs.)

“More facts about the airplane crash are bubbling to the surface as investigators survey the crash site.”

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