Definition of put two and two together in English:

put two and two together

phrase

  • 1Draw an obvious conclusion from what is known or evident.

    • ‘I can't believe I hadn't put two and two together until today…’
    • ‘The people in the VP's office then put two and two together.’
    • ‘With regard to the cost cutting, job losses and closures of public baths by City of York Council, has anyone put two and two together and realised why they are having to save money?’
    • ‘I put two and two together and realised I was to draw a prize out of some sort from the jar.’
    • ‘With paternity and maternity kits available on the Web for about $200, it's not hard to imagine a scenario in which a kid, already sensing there's something unsaid at home, puts two and two together and sneaks a hair from Mom's brush.’
    • ‘He didn't name her but mentioned that his mother had been president of the Screen Actor's Guild, and I put two and two together.’
    • ‘He obviously put two and two together quickly, because he immediately shot up from his position on the couch and helped me up.’
    • ‘We finally put two and two together an hour later.’
    • ‘I'm much better at putting two and two together now than I used to be.’
    • ‘It was obvious that Jae had put two and two together as well - he couldn't contain his smile as he continued to trade pleasantries with Cecilia.’
    1. 1.1put two and two together and make five Draw a plausible but incorrect conclusion from what is known or evident.
      • ‘2 + 2 = 5: Some people put two and two together and make five.’
      • ‘When told the alleged thief was at a pub in Crookes with a red Peugeot and he saw Mr Walker ‘he put two and two together and made five.’’
      • ‘Dennis's critics have basically put two and two together, using wrong information, and made five.’
      • ‘He said: ‘Hull have lost their last two games and not scored, Deano played well there last week and people are suddenly putting two and two together and coming up with five.’’
      • ‘It really is typical of people like him to put two and two together and make five, it is his sort of people who causes conflict in this world, the so-called do-gooders.’
      • ‘Now you're putting two and two together and making five: Yes I was in the pub.’
      • ‘What people have done is put two and two together on the figures and come up with five.’
      • ‘Sitting in the hospital bed now he was putting two and two together and coming up with 5.’
      • ‘Football people hate amateur psychologists who put two and two together and make five.’
      • ‘‘It's easy journalism, maybe typical of journalism today, that they put two and two together and make five,’ says Archibald.’