read between the lines

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read what is implied but not expressed on the surface

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You have to be careful and read between the lines and find out exactly what she's talking about," says Janet Bass, spokeswoman at American Federation of Teachers.
I read between the lines, looking for solutions and strategies, as he describes several bleak and eroding systems.
Though I have not seen the movie, I'll bet that, if you read between the lines, you'll discover that Yimou has included commentary about present life in China that has slipped by the government censors.
It's amazing how many people can't read between the lines.
That faculty becomes a menace, however, if what the writer is inviting them to read between the lines are untruths.
We're always having to read between the lines (and have had to) for the last six years.
As a company considering virtualization, it's important to read between the lines to determine the orientation of the advocate.