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Difference between Cotton on to something and Cotton to something

cotton on to somethingunderstand or realize smth.:

  • Remember this fact, you will probably cotton on to how important it is very quickly.

cotton to something

1. be attracted to smth.; accept smth.:

  • In just the last few years, several major retailers have cottoned to this strategy.

2. = cotton on to something:

  • Jane quickly cottons to the fact that something paranormally wrong is going on.