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I have come across it in the 23rd episode of the 5th season of Friends. Here is the context:

Joey: This is Vegas man! People will pay to see freaky stuff! Okay, how much would you pay to see this hand (Holds up his left hand) twice? Huh?

Chandler: (Pause) Y'know, I-I can't really put a price on that Joe.

Joey: Hey, are you unsupporting me again?

Chandler: No! No! I support you 100%! I just didn't, I didn't get it right away. Y'know now I'm caught up! Identical hand twins! It's a million-dollar idea!

At first I thought he said I caught on, which after listening again and checking the transcripts he actually didn't. That would make sense to me as catch on means to understand.

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It is indeed used to mean "now I understand" in this case. There are a bunch of metaphors that treat the learning or understanding process as a sort of journey, where one person is leading and the other is following. For example, if Joey is telling Chandler something:

  • Joey might say, "Are you following me?" which means, "are you understanding everything I say?"
  • Chandler might say, "I'm not following," or even, "I'm lost," which means he is not understanding.
  • Chandler might also say, "I fell behind for a while there, but now I'm caught up," which means he wasn't understanding at first, but now he is.

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