A lot of the time, and this is confusing, people will say things when I actually mean something else. They may just be trying to be polite, or they're bored or something but "read between the lines" basically means to infer or work out what they're actually saying/writing and understand what it means.
For example, if you read a newspaper or magazine article about a celebrity, they might not directly criticise them, or actually say anything derogatory but you can usually work out pretty fast what they actually think of that person, based on the tone in the writing. Because you can work this out without the article actually spelling it out for you, you have "read between the lines" and figured out that the a writer thinks that so-and-so is whatever...make sense?
· 7 years ago