English expressions and idioms with ‘read’

After yesterday’s tips on how to organise your English reading material, today let’s continue the reading theme and look at some English expressions and idioms with ‘read’:

to read someone like a book
Meaning: to be able to work out someone’s intentions even if he is lying
Example: Sam says he doesn’t like Sally but I know he does, really. I can read him like a book.

to read up on something
Meaning: to research a topic
Example: I have a presentation on communication strategies next week so I need to read up on it beforehand.

to read between the lines
Meaning: to find a hidden meaning in something
Example: At first, this story looks like it’s about a farm but if you read between the lines, you’ll find that it’s about politics.

to read the small print
Meaning: to read the terms and conditions of a contact
Example: It looks like a great deal but make sure you read the small print before you sign up to make sure there are no hidden charges.

to read someone’s mind
Meaning: to know what a person is thinking
Example: What a great gift! I was going to buy this CD next week. You must have read my mind.

Today’s image is by Svilen Milev.