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cotton on

informal
verb uk phrasal verb with cotton   /ˈkɒt.ən/ us    /ˈkɑː.t̬ən/
to begin to understand a situation or fact: I'd only just cottoned on to the fact that they were having a relationship.
Translations of “cotton on”
in Korean 이해하다…
in Arabic يَبدَأ في الفَهم…
in Portuguese inteirar-se, perceber…
in Catalan entendre, adonar-se’n…
in Japanese ~に気づく…
in Italian capire, accorgersi…
in Chinese (Traditional) 明白,領會…
in Chinese (Simplified) 明白,领会…
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