cotton on


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cotton on

vb
1. to perceive the meaning (of)
2. to make use (of)
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.cotton on - understand, usually after some initial difficultycotton on - understand, usually after some initial difficulty; "She didn't know what her classmates were plotting but finally caught on"
apprehend, comprehend, get the picture, grok, savvy, grasp, compass, dig - get the meaning of something; "Do you comprehend the meaning of this letter?"
Translations

w>cotton on

vi (Brit inf) → es kapieren (inf), → es schnallen (inf); to cotton on to somethingetw checken (inf); has he cottoned on yet?hat er es endlich kapiert (inf)or geschnallt? (inf)
References in classic literature ?
Some Manchester chaps said it was as good as any Sea Island cotton on the market.
In this helpless condition, the poor devils were ready to beg for access to a factory and to raw cotton on any conditions compatible with life.
said my aunt, taking out the cotton on that side again.