to read into

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - read into

"to read into"

to give some meaning to something that is not justified;

to imagine some significance that does not exist


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - read into

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: Did you hear what the boss asked me this morning? He asked me if I wanted to learn to speak Chinese? Do you think that the company is moving to China?

Colleague 2: Do you suppose you may have read into the boss's question a little?

Colleague 1: Why else learn Chinese?

Colleague 2: Maybe we are expecting prospective Chinese clients or maybe the boss can't read your handwriting and thinks it looks like Chinese? Who knows?

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - read into

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1: Did you see the way Brian looked at me and said hello? I think he is in love with me.

Friend 2: I think you may be reading a little too much into it.

Friend 1: No. I could tell by the way he said hello.

Friend 2: But Brian is a lifeguard and says hello to everyone.

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to read into - Gerund Form:

Reading into her bad mood, he assumed he had done something wrong.

to read into - Examples:

1)  ... human nature if we took 5 minutes to think about what motivates us, people read into it something that was never said nor implied.

2)  It's easy to read into the negativity of others and see it as a slight to our personality or ...

3)  ... nothing is more clearly articulated, but we need not, and should not, read into the biblical texts a fully developed Christian doctrine of creation.

4)  If you're trying to read into what I've said more than that, you're trying to find something that is not there.

5)  ... but at this point I think all you can do is read into the writers' own biases rather than any intentional metaphor. 

6)  ... and could indicate that a lot of knowledge can confuse some able students who read more into the question than is intended.

7)  ... it is a very useful tool to put a brake on imaginative lawyers who might read more into an obligation than the parties never intended. 

8)  Jane didn't know enough about the girl to read more into it.

9)  Was that a deliberate omission on her part? Should we read anything into that?

10)  Should we read anything into the fact that Arsenal have signed 2 strikers?

11)  One should probably not read too much into the results for the individual firms that issued just one or two reports.

12)  I know you're a very smart guy. But you read too much into this, and you extrapolated things that weren't there.

13)  In other words a guess based on my intuition and mangled data. Don't read anything more into it than that!

14)  I hear people are seriously questioning and repudiating this particular promise because they can read deeper meanings into the rhetoric to become alarmed at the outright duplicity that is being ...

15)  But client is just the word lawyers use - I think you're reading way too much into that. What other word should he say?

16)  ... problem with a lot of people who are getting upset here. You guys are reading way too much into what I'm writing.

17)  As someone with some abandonment issues, it is entirely possible that I'm reading way too much into this, but I'd appreciate your perspective just the same.

18)  ... not panic, it's desperation after a year of disappointments. You can read what you like into it, but there has been a significant increase in trading ...

19)  ... however I think you were reading into my comment a little too much.

20)  I think you are really reading into things now in a direction I never intended.