One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Listen carefully (used to emphasize the importance of the speaker's words or the earnestness of their intent).
- ‘Mr. President, in all due respect, Mr. President, read my lips: Our vote is not for sale.’
- ‘Hey read my lips,’ I said pointing to myself, ‘Friends.’’
- ‘It imposes no more cost - read my lips, no more cost - on employers.’
- ‘David's taking off for Australia this Saturday, and we - read my lips - have NO MORE PHILOSOPHY CLASSES.’
- ‘And anyway you say ‘the guys’ as though you are all great friends, stop, look at me and read my lips!’
- ‘Where are the headlines that says, you know, read my lips, no more surplus?’
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