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    Cool the coin has fallen

    Hi,

    When you last to realize or understand something, there is a term in Portuguese like "caiu a ficha" which means "the coin has fallen" Do you have a similar term in English?


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    Re: the coin has fallen

    i also wanted to ask that
    we have that in hebrew
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    Cool Re: the coin has fallen

    Quote Originally Posted by Lirazyeru View Post
    i also wanted to ask that
    we have that in hebrew
    xx
    And how do you say it in Hebrew?

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    Re: the coin has fallen

    Quote Originally Posted by bieasy View Post
    Hi,

    When you last to realize or understand something, there is a term in Portuguese like "caiu a ficha" which means "the coin has fallen" Do you have a similar term in English?
    Hi bieasy,

    The one that comes immediately to mind is: "The light bulb went off (in my/his/her head)."

    (And here, the word off actually means on. Such are the quirks of usage. Go figure.)

    Another common English idiom that means roughly the same thing: "... to get the picture," which happens when something finally "sinks in."
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    Re: the coin has fallen

    We say, "the penny has dropped".

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    Re: the coin has fallen

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    We say, "the penny has dropped".
    This expression appears to have never made its way across the Atlantic. And if it in fact at one time did "cross the pond," it's never taken root here.

    The (often hilarious) Urban Dictionary's explanation for its origin seems entirely plausible:

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    Re: the coin has fallen

    We have the expression "the penny has dropped" here in Canada, where everyone understands it. It's also used to mean the moment of understanding: Baccalaureate address

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