the penny drops

the penny drops

I finally understand. 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
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At first, he blames Roxy for leaving the keys in the door, but then the penny drops, and Ronnie knows she's been busted.
Emmerdale Andy sees Aaron's mobile number in Robert's phone and the penny drops about his involvement in Katie's murder.
Before long, the penny drops and Mick and Tina go in search of Aunt Babe, but it turns out she's moved to Ramsgate.
SHOCK: Vanessa's As the penny drops that she could be pregnant she braces herself to do not one but three tests just to be sure, and her heart starts racing when her fears are confirmed.
Finally the penny drops and this minister agrees with us.
At the hospital, Huw hears the nurse utter the word 'baby' as she sees to Lois and the penny drops.
The penny drops during Gennie and Jamie's leaving party, after she hugs Bob for a little too long.
He's already beaten Barbers Shop earlier in his career over fences so obviously the talent is there, and once the penny drops jumping-wise the Gold Cup must be a realistic target.
As a Liverpool fan who made the effort to go to the game I saw the game against Leeds as just prolonging the agony before the penny drops and Gerard Houllier is shown the door.
A late change in the date means there'll be a few disgruntled customers asking for their money back when the penny drops next week.
When the penny drops as to Ross's guilt, she's understandably not so keen to stick around Emmerdale and play mummy to her little darlings.
of no THE penny drops as up to 70 Tory MPs prepare to sign a letter of no confidence in Cameron.
However, the penny drops that things might not be quite as Nicole thought after she's left alone with Angie.
I'll be out and suddenly there's a commotion and the penny drops.
When the penny drops and she realises her son left her for dead, will she finally see the light?