to read between the lines

Idiom Definition

"to read between the lines"

to understand something that is hidden or implied

Idiom Definition - to read between the lines


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - to read between the lines

Two friends are chatting ...

Friend 1:  Have you found a job yet?

Friend 2:  No!  It's been over a year and I'm starting to get desperate.

Friend 1:  What do you think the problem is?

Friend 2:  Well, as hard as I try to make my resume look good and hide the fact that I haven't had a lot of jobs, most recruiters can read between the lines and see that I don't really have a lot of experience.

Friend 1: Good luck!

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - to read between the lines

Two friends are talking about a mutual friend, Bill ...

Friend 1:  What's up with Bill?

Friend 2:  I don't know.  He's been acting strange lately.

Friend 1:  He's not going out as often as usual and he hasn't bought any new clothes in a long time.

Friend 2:  Yes.  He's being very careful with his money.

Friend 1:  Do you suppose that if we read between the lines that Bill is having money problems?

Friend 2:  Seems to be that way.

to read between the lines - Usage:


to read between the lines - Gerund Form:

Reading between the lines can sometimes give interesting information.

to read between the lines - Examples:

1)  He reads between the lines before signing important documents.

2)  Are you reading between the lines trying to discover the hidden meaning?

3)  We have read between the lines to discover the real issue.

4)  I have been reading between the lines all morning and cannot discover what is missing.

5)  Did you (all) read between the lines at the meeting yesterday?

6)  Was he reading between the lines when the hidden meaning was revealed?

7)  You had not read between the lines by the time the meeting ended.

8)  She had been reading between the lines for about an hour before the hidden meaning was revealed.

9)  I am going to read between the lines of the report.

10)  She is going to be reading between the lines during the meeting.

11)  It sucks to have to read between the lines (and figure things out on your own) sometimes. I get headaches.

12)  Any Southerner can read between the lines and know her intent.

13)  So I try to read between the lines and -- huh -- there's nothing there.

14)  Read between the lines to see what the latest Clinton message must be.

15)  Understanding the information submitted by companies involves taking some extra steps to read between the lines.

16)  Once again you did not read between the lines, we are supposed to be commenting on the current story.

17)  Make sure they know how to read between the lines, rather than taking things too literally.

18) Researchers must learn to read between the lines

19)  If you read between the lines, you see evidence that the Obama administration may have reached a similar conclusion.

20)  Most people can't read between the lines and who'd suspect a minority to be a full-bore Republican?