Definition of Cotton on

1. Verb. Understand, usually after some initial difficulty. "She didn't know what her classmates were plotting but finally caught on"

Definition of Cotton on

1. Verb. (idiomatic) To realize; come to understand. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cotton On

cotton-wool spots
cotton ball
cotton boll
cotton bolls
cotton bollworm
cotton cake
cotton candy
cotton cloth
cotton flannel
cotton gin
cotton gins
cotton mill
cotton mouse
cotton on (current term)
cotton plant
cotton rat
cotton reel
cotton rose
cotton rush
cotton stainer
cotton strain
cotton swab
cotton swabs
cotton thistle
cotton to
cotton up
cotton wool
cotton wool bud

Literary usage of Cotton on

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1. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1922)
"No notice of the placing of the cotton on the platform was given to tbe ... Even the subject of the shipment—the existence of the bale of cotton on the ..."

2. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1864)
"... are effectually separated by the teeth of machinery revolving at a rapid speed. 42. Effects of Surat cotton on the Health of Operatives in Mills. ..."

3. Report of the Commissioner of Corporations on Cotton Exchanges by United States Bureau of Corporations, Herbert Knox Smith (1908)
"That the average tender of 50000 pounds of cotton on a contract of either the New York or the New Orleans Cotton Exchange does comprise a wide variety of ..."

4. First Report to the Cotton Planters' Convention of Georgia, on the by Joseph Jones (1860)
"In 1841 it was again planted in cotton, and produced 220 pounds to the acre. It was unquestionably the best field of cotton on the place. ..."

5. Supreme Court Reporter by Robert Desty, United States Supreme Court, West Publishing Company (1908)
"When they made delivery of cotton on a sale of futures made by them for a customer, the cotton was shipped by the customer for whom such sale was made from ..."

6. The American Cotton Spinner and Managers' and Carders' Guide: A Practical by Robert H. Baird (1851)
"To remedy the improper spreading of the cotton on the feeding-cloth, the person in attendance takes up a handful of cotton at random, puts it on the scales, ..."

7. The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events by Frank Moore, Edward Everett (1861)
"His Majesty " King Cotton," on his throne, does not seem to bo aware of the influences which surrounded his cradle. The culture of cotton, on any ..."

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