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?
See also: for, penny, thought
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penny for your thoughts

Prov. What are you thinking about?; I would give you a penny if you tell me your thoughts. Noticing that Janet looked pensive, Bill said, "A penny for your thoughts!" You seem very pleased with yourself today. A penny for your thoughts!
See also: for, penny, thought
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

penny for your thoughts, a

What are you thinking about? For example, You've been awfully quiet-a penny for your thoughts. This expression dates from the 1500s and was in John Heywood's 1546 collection of proverbs.
See also: for, penny
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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.
See also: for, penny, thought
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

a penny for your thoughts

used to ask someone what they are thinking about. informal
See also: for, penny, thought
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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!
See also: for, penny, thought
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

penny for your thoughts, a

What are you thinking about? This expression was actually first stated early in the sixteenth century and was included in John Heywood’s 1546 proverb collection. A penny no longer is worth much, but the expression, much repeated over the years, survives nevertheless.
See also: for, penny
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