the penny drops

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the penny drops

One finally understands, realizes, or recognizes something. Typically used in the past tense. When Liam drew the diagram, the penny dropped, and everything became clear to me.
See also: drop, penny

the penny drops

mainly BRITISH
COMMON If the penny drops, someone finally understands or realizes something. In the end the penny dropped. That was why she sent us back. It's only recently the penny's begun to drop that, actually, the new job is probably better than the other one. Note: This expression probably refers to slot machines (= machines for playing games), which only operate when you put in a coin.
See also: drop, penny

the penny drops

someone finally realizes or understands something. informal, chiefly British
The image here is of the operation of a coin-operated slot machine.
See also: drop, penny

the ˌpenny ˈdrops

(informal, especially British English) suddenly understand the meaning or significance of something: She never understands jokes. It usually takes about half an hour for the penny to drop.There was a long silence on the stage, and then the penny finally dropped — it was my turn to speak.
This is a comparison with the way a machine starts after a coin is inserted.
See also: drop, penny
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The penny dropped in the final furlong and he just took off.
Before the penny dropped, Teresa was on the floor with a bullet wound as the boyfriend-from-hell was gunned down.
He looked green enough when slow to start but plenty of credit is due to the way he made up lost ground before powering clear in the final furlong once the penny dropped.
The penny dropped a few years ago for a number of reasons.
But Andrew Smith, prosecuting, said: 'The penny dropped when he drove off and then the police arrived.
After I got off the phone with Rudy, the penny dropped.
The 32-year-old design engineer said: 'When he said it the penny dropped.
The penny dropped when Martin, 56, burst into the room and switched on the light.
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