the penny drops

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  • the penny has dropped
  • the penny dropped

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the penny drops

  1. Understanding is reached, one comprehends.
    The penny drops as Fred realises he has been conned.
    • 2011 August 27 (broadcast date), Doctor Who, series 6, episode 8, Let's Kill Hitler:
      AMY: In the time I've known you, when have you shown the slightest interest in a girl?
      MELS: Penny in the air!
      AMY: I've known you for, what, 10 years? I've seen you practically every day. Name one girl you've paid the slightest bit of attention to? (RORY is flustered, runs from the room.)
      AMY: Oh my God! Rory! (AMY runs after RORY.)
      MELS: And the penny drops!

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