penny for your thoughts

penny for your thoughts

Meaning:

  • used for ​wanting to ​know what another ​person is ​thinking, usually because they have not spoken for a some time
  • a way of asking what someone else is thinking

Examples:

  1. “You have been quiet for a while, a penny for your thoughts.”
  2. “You seem pretty serious. A penny for your thoughts.”
  3. For several minutes they sat in silence, finally she said “A penny for your thoughts, Maya.”
  4. Noticing that Raj was in a pensive mood, Tina said “A penny for your thoughts, Raj.”
  5. “You seem pretty pleased, a penny for your thoughts.”

Origin:
The phrase is probably older, but first written recordings of it were in the early to mid 1500s.

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