a penny for your thoughts

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - a penny for your thoughts

"a penny for your thoughts"

something that you say in order to ask someone who is being very quiet what they are thinking about


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - a penny for your thoughts

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  You have been quiet all morning. A penny for your thoughts?

Colleague 2:  I have been thinking about what the CEO said regarding the future of the company.

Colleague 1:  And have you come to any conclusions?

Colleague 2:  No, just trying to figure it all out.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - a penny for your thoughts

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  You seem to be thinking very hard about something. A penny for your thoughts.

Friend 2:  It is kind of personal. I would rather not talk about it.

Friend 1:  We are good friends. Sometimes talking about things makes them better.

a penny for your thoughts - Usage:


a penny for your thoughts - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for a penny for your thoughts.

a penny for your thoughts - Examples:

1)  Right now I use Bitcoin to dream. And it's better than a penny for your thoughts. You get better dreams.

2)  "A penny for your thoughts," say those people who are obviously interrupting an important daydream ...

3)  ... if your woman asks you, "What are you thinking, Honey... a penny for your thoughts, Dear?" It may cost you more than a penny ...

4)  A penny for your thoughts. Which one of these Windows Phone powerhouses would you pick and ...

5)  I'll give you a penny for your thoughts. With the money, you can buy some candy. 

6)  A penny for your thoughts as to why Donald Trump refuses to release his tax returns.

7)  ... could vote for this woman is beyond me. But I would ask the PS editorial board to weigh in on this last debacle. A penny for your thoughts?

8)  ... lethal injections... and, why do you have to "put your two cents in" but it's only a "penny for your thoughts" where's that extra penny going to.

9)  The Sparrow effect – flying away from the wrong problem and possibly, a penny for your thoughts

10)  “A penny for your thoughts,” he says to a mean-spirited deliveryman whose mind seems to be erased moments later.

11)  A penny for your thoughts on the nickel… Postmedia News files Desjardins predicts that Canada could begin to plan to phase out the nickel ...

12)  They say, “a penny for your thoughts,” but most of us can't be bothered to even think for that low of a price.

13)  ... updates, you're most likely to be disappointed. But it seems that Facebook is closer to allowing other users to pay a penny for your thoughts.

14)  And second, a penny for your thoughts, Karim Benzema? As the controversially excluded Real Madrid striker was (presumably) settling down to ...

15)  A penny for your thoughts: What we learned at the Skillshare Conference.

16)  A penny for your thoughts. How to solve our mental health crisis.

17)  If I ask her, “Whatcha thinkin'?”, I invite a more trivial answer. It's equivalent to, “A penny for your thoughts … ”—a nicety, but not very substantial.

18)  A penny for your thoughts on Grey's Anatomy Season 12 Episode 6, fans?

19)  I ask a penny for your thoughts, on the lifesaving work that heals heads in medical beds.

20)  A penny for your thoughts? Not in the Railway City. The province thinks St. Thomas' railway heritage stories are worth much more than that ...