informal, chiefly British Used to indicate that someone has finally realized something: I was about to ask Jack who it was, when the penny suddenly dropped
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- Frequently we would find ourselves in situations where we were being delayed for hours on end, until the penny dropped and it finally became clear that the only way to move on was by crossing palms with silver.
- Finally the penny dropped - the thought of being embarrassed in front of the elite coaches and players of English rugby frightened me to death.
- Suddenly the penny dropped when some of the more familiar names were just a bit too familiar.
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