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English definition of “put two and two together and make five”

put two and two together and make five

informal humorous
to understand a particular situation wrongly, often in a way that is more shocking or exciting than the truth: "Why ever did she think you were pregnant?" "I was sick once or twice and I suppose she just put two and two together and made five."
(Definition of put two and two together and make five from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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