(the) penny drops

(the) penny drops
the penny drops british informal phrase
used when someone finally realizes or understands something
Thesaurus: ways of saying that you know, understand or agreesynonym
Main entry: penny

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the ˈpenny drops idiom
(informal, especially BrE) used to say that sb has finally understood or realized sth that they had not understood or realized before

I had to explain the joke to her a couple of times before the penny dropped.

Main entry:pennyidiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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