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Meaning of “read between the lines” in the English Dictionary

"read between the lines" in British English

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read between the lines

C2 to ​try to ​understand someone's ​realfeelings or ​intentions from what they say or write: Reading between the ​lines, I'd say he isn't ​happy with the ​situation.
(Definition of read between the lines from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"read between the lines" in American English

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read between the lines

to ​find meanings that are ​intended but that are not ​directlyexpressed in something said or written: She said she could ​afford it, but ​reading between the ​lines I don't ​think she has enough ​money.
(Definition of read between the lines from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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