the penny drops Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “the penny drops” in the English Dictionary

"the penny drops" in British English

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the penny drops

UK informal If the penny ​drops, you ​suddenlyunderstand something: She ​lookedconfused for a ​moment, then ​suddenly the penny ​dropped.
(Definition of the penny drops from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “the penny drops”
in Chinese (Simplified) 恍然大悟,豁然开朗…
in Chinese (Traditional) 恍然大悟,豁然開朗…
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“the penny drops” in British English

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