a penny for your thoughts


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penny for your thoughts

A phrase said when one is trying to find out what another person is thinking. You've been awfully quiet tonight, honey—a penny for your thoughts?
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a penny for your thoughts

People say a penny for your thoughts when they want to know what someone is thinking. `A penny for your thoughts,' Marina said with a smile.
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a penny for your thoughts

used to ask someone what they are thinking about. informal
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a ˌpenny for your ˈthoughts

(also a ˈpenny for them) (saying) used to ask somebody what they are thinking about: A penny for your thoughts, Hugh! You haven’t said anything all evening!
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References in classic literature ?
You may safely say, A penny for your thoughts, or a thousand pounds.