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The penny dropped


Choose the correct definition a, b or c.

a) at last, you understand

Well done ! That’s the right answer.

The penny dropped means that you have finally understood something.

French translation

finir par comprendre quelque chose, fiat lux

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Examples in context

‘Viewpoint : Diamond Jubilee ’similar to’ Indian festival. As reflected on the images of crowds lining the Thames, the people dancing with complete abandon and the magnificent glide of gilded coaches rolling past the crush of spectators, the penny dropped. The same universal release of mass celebration is to be found in India.’

BBC News, India report, 7 June 2012

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‘Has the ’penny dropped’ that Germany will pay to save the Euro ? So far, this morning has seen a continuation of yesterday’s disconcerting price action in German government Bunds.’

Tradingfloor, 13 June 2012

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Everyday usage

It was only when I saw Ron’s car outside Kate’s house that the penny finally dropped and I realised they were having an affair.

b) you spent over budget

Sorry, wrong answer. Please try again.

c) you met the target

Sorry, wrong answer. Please try again.


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