the penny drops

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - the penny drops

"the penny drops"

to suddenly understand something


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - the penny drops

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  How long have you been working on that problem?

Colleague 2:  It has been almost three weeks but I am sure that I will find the solution soon.

Colleague 1:  You had better hope that the penny drops soon. The deadline is fast approaching.

Colleague 2:  I am waiting for that flash of insight that will solve the problem.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - the penny drops

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I think I need to go on a diet and get some exercise.

Friend 2:  Oh, ya? When did the penny drop?

Friend 1:  I realized that something had to change this morning when I was out of breath from climbing the stairs to the bathroom, stepped on the scale and saw that I weighed one hundred and twenty kilos.

the penny drops - Usage:


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the penny drops - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for the penny drops.

the penny drops - Examples:

1)  The penny drops. Finally it dawned on me that I was hurt not just personally but ...

2)  But you get older and eventually the penny drops that it is not a line at all, but a circle.

3)  There comes a point in your career and the penny drops and all the stuff you've been taught in your career makes sense.

4)  ... when the penny drops and people get it and then they go on to excel, ...

5)  ... fused the two, and the film flits between the past and present till the penny drops -- it is the story of one couple.

6)  ... of showing senior women how to embrace their power more fully. Usually, the penny drops when they realise they can do this without compromising the feminine values they will ...

7)  ... is a real whodunit that'll intrigue audiences and keep them guessing until the penny drops.

8)  Whenever you see improvement in individuals where the penny drops or people do realise that maybe I have been doing it wrong, ...

9)  ... you can't cope anymore. It's kind of shocking really, when the penny drops. You realise, coming out of ...

10)  We hear from reputable sources that eventually the penny drops that the whole island is an interconnected puzzle, ...

11)  It will take a wee while, though, before the penny drops, before I get up in the morning and I realise I don't ...

12)  ... his phone for clues on why he's been lying to her. Suddenly the penny drops for Rhona that Paddy was the man who Tess was having an affair with ...

13)  ... or question to enable the pupils to reveal their own knowledge and skills. The penny drops. The pleasure on their faces is clear. 

14)  ... and then I see families together, bonding, laughing. That's when the penny drops -- that I am alone. I miss him in the evening when we ...

15)  ... emotionally charged topics -- let the facts to do the talking. Pray that the penny drops in the reader's head. 

16)  I don't know how broke a political system has to get before the penny drops and we wake up to the fact that it needs to be changed.

17)  ... unease when, with an eerie stab and swell of viola and cello, the penny drops and you understand she's not spinning you a sob story but confessing to ...

18)  When the penny drops with people, they go 'What a fantastic idea. It makes sense ...'

19)  ... and to seek to formulate an escape plan from the UK before the penny drops.

20)  But kids learn at different rates and the penny drops sometimes a little bit later.