the penny drops


British, informal
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.

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Recent Examples on the Web Yeah, that montage is where the penny drops for her. Matt Zoller Seitz, Vulture, 23 May 2024

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“The penny drops.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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