One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Look for or discover a meaning that is hidden or implied rather than explicitly stated.
infer from, interpolate from, assume from, attribute toView synonyms
- ‘Even so, one must read between the lines to discover the full impact on her of the long joyless union with Thomas.’
- ‘Instead, managers must learn to read between the lines or interpret subtle hints that a problem has developed.’
- ‘He does not have to say what he means literally - he reads between the lines and so should you!’
- ‘However, reading between the lines, one can discover criticism of army doctors and the army authorities in general, who above all wanted to maintain discipline and return soldiers to the battlefield.’
- ‘One rather gathers, reading between the lines, that he dismissed Piggy as a fool.’
- ‘The interpreter reads between the lines of total and, partial knowledge, ever open to deeper understanding as it unfurls between them.’
- ‘But increasingly we prisoners of war sensed, from our captors' demeanor and reading between the lines of propaganda broadcasts, a sinister force surfacing.’
- ‘I just assumed readers would read between the lines.’
- ‘Her entry into undergraduate life hasn't been entirely easy; my reading between the lines of her anecdotes suggests one or two of her lecturers haven't responded well to the polite but complex questions she asks in class.’
- ‘Under Stalin, and after, Soviet newspapers tended to exhort rather than inform, but perceptive readers could read between the lines.’
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