read between the lines
Meaning: When you read between the lines you try to understand what someone implies, but doesn't openly state, when they say or write something.
- I got a letter from Robyn and she isn't happy. She didn't say anything but I could tell by reading between the lines that something's wrong.
- A good writer doesn't tell the reader everything directly but leaves it up to the reader to figure things out for themselves by reading between the lines.
Origin: Probably derived from a form of cryptography in which secret information was conveyed by writing it in invisible ink between the lines of a text.
If you read between the lines, you will
This entry is in the following categories:
Contributor: Matt Errey