the penny drops

Definition of the penny drops

British, informal

  1. —used to say that someone finally understands something after not understanding it for a time I had to explain it to him three times, but finally the penny dropped.

Word by Word Definitions

pennyplay
  1. :  a monetary unit of the United Kingdom formerly equal to 1240 pound but now equal to 1100 pound

    :  a coin representing one penny

    :  denarius

dropplay drops
  1. :  the quantity of fluid that falls in one spherical mass

    :  a dose of medicine measured by drops

    :  a minute quantity or degree of something nonmaterial or intangible

  1. :  to fall in drops

    :  to fall (see 1fall 1a) unexpectedly or suddenly

    :  to descend (see descend 1) from one line or level to another


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