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    Question "Somebody cottons on something"?

    Hi there,

    If 'I cotton on something', is it the same as when 'that thing dawns on me'?



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    Default Re: "Somebody cottons on something"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Hi there,

    If 'I cotton on something', is it the same as when 'that thing dawns on me'?



    Thanks a lot!
    The phrase is "cotton on to something" and it doesn't really mean the same as "something dawning on somebody".

    If you cotton on, you understand.
    If something dawns on you, you suddenly realise it.

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    Default Re: "Somebody cottons on something"?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    If you cotton on, you understand.
    If something dawns on you, you suddenly realise it.
    For me, something can quite slowly dawn on me; rather like the slow onset of dawn.

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    Default Re: "Somebody cottons on something"?

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    For me, something can quite slowly dawn on me; rather like the slow onset of dawn.
    That's a good point. If you cotton on to something, it usually happens quite suddenly.

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