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Meaning of “put two and two together” in the English Dictionary

"put two and two together" in British English

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put two and two together

informal to ​guess the ​truth about a ​situation from what you have ​seen or ​heard: "How did you ​know they were having an ​affair?" "I'd ​seen them out together a ​couple of ​times, so I just put two and two together."
(Definition of put two and two together from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"put two and two together" in American English

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put two and two together

to ​understand something by using the ​information you have: I didn't ​tell her George had ​left, but she ​noticed his ​car was gone and put two and two together.
(Definition of put two and two together from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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