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cotton on

To begin to understand something; to grasp fully; to catch on. Primarily heard in UK. It took me a few moments to cotton on, but I soon realized that they were talking about me.
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"The Coalition Government is pleased to support Cotton On Group and the Geelong region by facilitating new jobs through a $3.4 million investment from the Geelong Region Innovation and Investment Fund (GRIIF).
"Cotton On Goup's expansion will include the redevelopment of buildings at their Geelong headquarters to attract highly qualified and experienced retail professionals.
Cotton On Group Chief Financial Officer Michael Hardwick said the expansion of Cotton On's Geelong Headquarters was an indication of the company's bright future.
"The redevelopment and expansion of the Group's head office, and the appointment of an additional 300 new full time Geelong-based team members, will be the catalyst for meeting the ongoing global expansion of the Cotton On Group's operations," Mr Hardwick said.
"We will open a further 60 Cotton On Group stores across the globe in the next 60 days, taking the store count to 1400 before Christmas 2014."