Read between the lines

Idiom

Read between the lines

Definition

To read between the lines is to look for a deeper, underlying message or meaning behind what is being said.

Examples

She said she was leaving, but I could read between the lines and knew she was really asking for help.

He said he was fine, but I could read between the lines and tell he was really upset.

He said he liked the gift, but I could read between the lines and tell he was disappointed.

Origin

The origin of this phrase is unknown, but it is thought to come from the practice of early readers having to read between the lines of a text in order to properly interpret it.

FAQs

Q

What does it mean to read between the lines?

A

To read between the lines is to look for a deeper, underlying message or meaning behind what is being said.