Definition of read someone like a book in English:

read someone like a book


  • Understand someone's thoughts and motives easily.

    • ‘He is the only person who understands me and can read me like a book without having to turn to page one.’
    • ‘Some of those have crowed before that they can read me like a book, that they're great with people and can get to the root of any problem.’
    • ‘I had to answer no, whilst wildly panicking that I could be read like a book -.’
    • ‘His mother - and she could read him like a book - had driven him to the barracks gates just seven hours earlier.’
    • ‘I know you higher-ups like to hide that sort of thing from us, but I can read you like a book, sir.’
    • ‘How great it is to have a best friend who reads you like a book.’
    • ‘I never conferred with Alison about Faye so she left alone, however Amy could read me like a book and whenever I was feeling down she'd guess it.’
    • ‘He stared at her, his piercing, penetrating gaze shooting right through her, reading her like a book.’
    • ‘Then again, he had known me my whole life and he could read me like a book, what I was feeling, and what I was thinking.’
    • ‘You keep forgetting, we can read you like a book.’
    not be deceived by, not be taken in by, be wise to, get the measure of, have the measure of, read like a book, fathom, penetrate, realize, understand
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