cotton on

verb (intr, adverb often foll by to) informal

to perceive the meaning (of)
to make use (of)

Nearby words

  1. cotton flannel,
  2. cotton gin,
  3. cotton grass,
  4. cotton gum,
  5. cotton mill,
  6. cotton picker,
  7. cotton press,
  8. cotton sedge,
  9. cotton stainer,
  10. cotton state

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