Read somebody like a book In english explanation

The meaning, explanation, definition and origin of the idiom/phrase "read somebody like a book", English Idiom Dictionary ( also found in Vietnamese )

author Mia Le calendar 2021-02-16 11:02

Meaning of Read somebody like a book

Read somebody like a book British American Verb + object/complement

To analyze or understand easily what one is thinking or feeling

He kept fooling me because he thought that he can read me like a book, but he was wrong.

I guess you didn't study last night. Come on, I can read you like a book.

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Be able to understand one's behaviour or character

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To try to imagine how would you feel if you were in someone's else situation

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familiarize (someone or oneself) with (something)

Used to describe starting to understand or learn about something.


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To understand how something is done

Grammar and Usage of Read somebody like a book

Verb Forms

  • reads somebody like a book

The verb "read" should be conjugated according to its tense.

Origin of Read somebody like a book

There is no reliable resources to prove the origin of this idiom, however, it is used widely from the mid of 1800s.

The Origin Cited: Idiom Online - Read Someone Like a Book

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