read between the lines
To pay attention to what is implied in writing or in speech.
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Example sentences from the Web for read between the lines
France 24 is providing live, round-the-clock coverage of both scenes as they progress.
Between 25 and 30, you’re trying to decide how much longer before you start growing a beard and calling yourself ‘Daddy.Freaking Out About Age Gaps in Gay Relationships Is Homophobic|Samantha Allen|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
There was nobody that I read who was like, “This is just… whatever.”
He has wild swings between trying not to care about Lana and the baby, and being completely obsessed by it.
The choice between freedom and fear is not difficult when seen with perspective.Why We Stand With Charlie Hebdo—And You Should Too|John Avlon|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
In sorting notes it is necessary to be able readily to distinguish between notes of this bank and notes of other reserve banks.Readings in Money and Banking|Chester Arthur Phillips
The case was an assault and battery that came off between two men named Brown and Henderson.
But Mrs. Dodd, the present vicar's wife, retained the precious prerogative of choosing the book to be read at the monthly Dorcas.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
He thrust his tiny tuft of beard between his teeth—a trick he had when perplexed or thoughtful.St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini
Now first we shall want our pupil to understand, speak, read and write the mother tongue well.The Salvaging Of Civilisation|H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
Idioms and Phrases with read between the lines
Perceive or detect a hidden meaning, as in They say that everything's fine, but reading between the lines I suspect they have some marital problems. This term comes from cryptography, where in one code reading every second line of a message gives a different meaning from that of the entire text. [Mid-1800s]