Meaning of “(a) penny for your thoughts” in the English Dictionary

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"(a) penny for your thoughts" in British English

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(a) penny for your thoughts

said when you want to know what another person is thinking, usually because they have been quiet for a while

(Definition of “(a) penny for your thoughts” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"a penny for your thoughts" in American English

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a penny for your thoughts

I would like to know what you are thinking:

You haven't said very much – a penny for your thoughts.

(Definition of “a penny for your thoughts” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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