the penny (has) (finally) dropped

Meaning(s)

1. the moment that a person finally realises something

Popularity

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Professional

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Social

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the penny finally dropped, she realised she had been fooled

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'The penny dropped' is an idiom that is used to describe the moment when somebody has a moment of realisation, usually after being in a situation for a long time. This is an informal expression used in social and professional contexts.

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  1. The expression on the students' faces changed completely as the penny dropped and they realised this whole ordeal had been a lesson organised by the teacher.
  2. The party was such a surprise. The penny didn't drop until I walked into the room.

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  1. The penny dropped when I read his business card and realised who he was.
  2. For most entrepreneurs, their business begins with the moment the penny drops and they realise there's a gap in the market for something they can provide.

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