What does read between the lines mean?


Idiom Meaning:

discover a meaning that is hidden


Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:


Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)

Time of Scene: ~00:02:45

Belini: This story is well-traveled. It might have picked up some embellishments along the way. Just read between the lines.


Die Hard (1988)

Time of Scene: ~01:25:20

Deputy Robinson: Did you hear that? He just let the guy die, man. He just gave him up. Give me that headset. That’s like pulling the trigger yourself.

Sgt. Powell: Christ, man, can’t you see what’s happening? Can’t you read between the lines? He did everything he could to save him. If he gave himself up, they’d both be dead right now!

Deputy Robinson: No. No way. They’d be talking to us. Listen, you tell this partner of yours, pal, to stay the hell out of this from now on. You hear me? Because if he doesn’t, I’m going to nail him, boy. I’m really going to nail his ass.

Sgt. Powell: The man is hurting. He is alone, tired, and he hasn’t seen diddly-squat from anybody down here! Now, you’re going to stand there and tell me that he’s going to give a damn about what you do if he makes it out of there alive? Why don’t you wake up and smell what you shoveling.

Deputy Robinson: You listen to me, Sergeant. Anytime you want to go home, you consider yourself dismissed.

Sgt. Powell: No, sir. You couldn’t drag me away.

Hans Gruber: Attention, police. Attention, police.

Sgt. Powell: This is Sergeant Al Powell.

Deputy Robinson: This is deputy chief Dwayne Robinson. Who is this?

Hans Gruber: This is Hans Gruber. I assume you realize the futility of direct action against me. We have no wish for further loss of life.



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