cotton onto

cotton (on)to (someone or something)

1. To like someone or something; to view someone or something favorably. It takes me a while to cotton to new people—I have to get to know them first. After we explained our plan again, the rest of the group seemed to cotton onto it.
2. To begin to understand something. Thanks for explaining that concept to me—I think I'm cottoning onto it now.
See also: cotton

cotton onto

v.
To come to understand something: I finally cottoned onto the new method.
See also: cotton
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Originally applied in hospitals and prisons, the educational establishment was quick to cotton onto the benefits of mindfulness.
lt;p>Companies and markets have been quick to cotton onto the trend, and have been actively seeking a share of the market.
Welsh experts believe buyers are starting to cotton onto the fact they can get a better deal if they hold their nerve.
We can only hope the US reform their subsidy programmes and stop dumping cheap cotton onto the world market," Ouandago continues.
Export subsidies, the most sensitive of market-distorting policies, stimulate production and enable the US to "dump" cotton onto the world market at 35% of the cost of production, steadily driving prices lower and stealing markets from farmers in poorer countries.
Fortunately for us, the series of bemused Americans who encounter the leader of the West Staines Massif will just make it all the more funnier - so big it up to these members of the Bush-led massif who fail to cotton onto the fact they've been had.
The cotton processor pays for the cotton based on the minimum price and then receives a subsidy to sell the ginned or processed cotton onto the world market.
He also heard it in the rock quarries, iron furnaces, and farms where he worked, as well as from the stevedores who loaded cotton onto riverboats.
Lulled into a false sense of security by his second-hand dollars 10 mac - heavy rain during the filming of Columbo's pilot movie was responsible for the detective's trademark coat - criminals failed to cotton onto the fact that this scruffy old cop couldactually nail them.
She didn't cotton onto boring people, after all; and boring.