penny for your thoughts, a

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penny for your thoughts, a

What are you thinking about? For example, You've been awfully quieta penny for your thoughts. This expression dates from the 1500s and was in John Heywood's 1546 collection of proverbs.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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