Cotton on

World English Dictionary
cotton on
 
vb (often foll by to)
1.  to perceive the meaning (of)
2.  to make use (of)

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cotton on

verb
understand, usually after some initial difficulty; "She didn't know what her classmates were plotting but finally caught on" [syn: catch on
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