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read between the lines

C2 to try to understand someone's real feelings or intentions from what they say or write: Reading between the lines, I'd say he isn't happy with the situation.
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read between the lines

to find meanings that are intended but that are not directly expressed in something said or written: She said she could afford it, but reading between the lines I don't think she has enough money.
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