quarta-feira, 21 de janeiro de 2009

Caiu a ficha or the penny has dropped.

If “the penny has dropped” (british idiom) has a similar in Brazil which is called "caiu a ficha". Both mean when someone has finally realised the situation they are in after possibly being unaware of it for a long time, depending on the situation.

This idiom comes from UK, specially the phrase dates back to the popular penny-slot arcades. The penny would often stick halfway down the slot and the user would then have to either wait, or give the machine a thump before the ‘penny finally dropped’ and they could begin playing.