Will: Mary won’t return my calls. I’m not sure if she’s sad or sick.
Heather: Did anything happen?
Will: I told her I liked her as a girlfriend, and she just disappeared. I’m not sure why she won’t return my phone calls.
Heather: You have to read between the lines Will. I don’t think she likes you the same way, and she’s trying to show you by staying away.
Mark: I can’t understand what the point of this statement is. I can understand the words and content, but not the main idea.
Alice: Sometimes you have to read between the lines to understand what someone is trying to tell you.
Mark: What do you mean?
Alice: Well, sometimes things have a hidden meaning or implied meaning. Look for clues.
Read between the lines means to look for a the meaning of something hidden in a statement.
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