It means to infer something that is not catagorically stated in either a statment, piece of writing, speech etc. basically, to see what is being said without actually being stated.
If you read the lines, then you are looking at the obvious. To read between the lines is to see the not so obvious or to see what is suggested.
To find a deeper or not-so-obvious meaning within something, to consider what could be implied by something that may seem to be innocuous or not have any apparent meaning.
If you read the lines, then you are looking at the obvious. To read between the lines is to see the not so obvious or to see what is suggested. Unless.... Someone holds up 3 fingers and says to read between the lines. That is just a derrogative slang.
The phrase "read between the lines" means to be able to find the 'hidden meanings' in either text or speech. So if someone is talking to you, and they're in a bad mood but are trying to hide it, then you find out that they're in a bad mood without them telling you, then that's an example of "reading between the lines".
If you are referring to the phrase "read between the lines" it can mean a number of things. The first, and most used in a literary context, is that when someone asks you to "read between the lines" they are asking you to look beyond the first impression, and search for deeper meaning. The second is used in a negative and rude way, where if someone raises their pointer, middle, and ring finger at you, and asks you to "read between the lines" they are demanding that you look at their middle finger, between the other two fingers (lines). This is then an abusive gesture.
You probably mean "reading between the lines." This means looking for non-literal meaning.For example, if you asked someone to dinner and she said, "Thanks, but I have to wash my car this evening," you could read between the lines and realize that she probably didn't want to come to dinner with you.
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