read between the lines

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Probably from glosses and commentaries which were written between the lines and provided the reader with additional information not explicitly stated in the text.

Pronunciation[edit]

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Verb[edit]

read between the lines (third-person singular simple present reads between the lines, present participle reading between the lines, simple past and past participle read between the lines)

  1. (idiomatic) To infer a meaning that is not stated explicitly.
    If you read between the lines a little, you will realize that he has deeper motives.

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