# put two and two together

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Related to put two and two together: play second fiddle, down in the mouth

## put two and two together

To determine, guess, or infer something from the available evidence, especially something that is very obvious or easy to guess. I think he put two and two together and realized that John had been stealing from him this whole time. When I saw the articles about the stolen semi truck and the escaped convict, it didn't take long to put two and two together.

## put two and two together

to figure something out from the information available. Well, I put two and two together and came up with an idea of who did it. Don't worry. John won't figure it out. He can't put two and two together.

## put two and two together

Draw the proper inference from existing evidence, as in Putting two and two together, it's not hard to guess who will be chosen for the lead role in the play . [Mid-1800s]

## put two and two together

COMMON If you put two and two together, you correctly guess the truth about something from the information that you have. I could see he had put two and two together. Like me he had guessed what the police were searching for. She saw reports in the Press about the runaway Major and it didn't take much to put two and two together. Note: If you say that someone puts two and two together and makes five or puts two and two together and gets five, you mean that they guess something more exciting or interesting than the truth. Mr Lane's solicitor said after the case that the police had put two and two together and made five.

## put two and two together

draw an obvious conclusion from what is known or evident.
An extension of this phrase is put two and two together and make five , meaning ‘draw a plausible but incorrect conclusion from what is known or evident’.