the penny drops

Definition of 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.

Word by Word Definitions

penny play
  1. : a monetary unit of the United Kingdom formerly equal to ¹/₂₄₀ pound but now equal to ¹/₁₀₀ pound

  2. : a similar monetary unit of any of various other countries in or formerly in the Commonwealth of Nations — see pound at Money Table

  3. : a coin representing one penny

  1. : being a (designated) nail size

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

  2. : a dose of medicine measured by drops

  3. : a minute quantity or degree of something nonmaterial or intangible

  1. : to fall in drops

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

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


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