put two and two together


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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.
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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]
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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.
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put two and two together

To draw the proper conclusions from existing evidence or indications.
See also: and, put, together, two