read (one's) thoughts

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read (one's) thoughts

To know or infer what one is thinking. You read my thoughts—that's exactly where I want to go to dinner! I'm sorry, but I can't read your thoughts. You need to tell me these things.
See also: read, thought

ˌread somebody’s ˈmind/ˈthoughts

(informal) understand what somebody is thinking, feeling, planning, etc: I can’t read your mind! If you don’t tell me what’s worrying you, I can’t help you.
See also: mind, read, thought
References in classic literature ?
Elizabeth would have been startled and embarrassed if she could have read his thoughts, for they might have suggested to her that she was becoming a great deal fonder of Bill than the shortness of their acquaintance warranted.
It was Tars Tarkas, and I could read his thoughts as they were an open book for the undisguised loathing upon his face.
"Long ago I made up my mind on the subject, for I could read his thoughts, and knew what he was thinking.
AS Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins sat slumped in the Anfield directors' box, it was not hard to read his thoughts.
Read his thoughts on big Triumph hope Ivanovich Gorbatov in an interview on page 8 JOSEPH O'BRIEN will not race-ride in 2016 and his career as a jockey looks over after he revealed to the Racing Post yesterday he has decided to concentrate on his new role as an aspiring trainer.
Whenever I have seen him on TV or read his thoughts in the press he always appears to exude the same cool as a cucumber.
Just read his thoughts on wanting to end a memorable year with England U-18s by enhancing their "fearsome" reputation.
Alok Jha tests whether a computer can read his thoughts, and Helen Czerski examines Nasa's theory that the Earth's weather is being influenced by a mysterious force.
In Pittsburgh, journalist Alok Jha tests whether a computer can read his thoughts, and in Texas, oceanographer Helen Czerski examines Nasa's theory that the Earth's weather is being influenced by a mysterious force.
Read his thoughts at www.journallive.co.uk/ journal-blog-central.
You've read his thoughts - now watch ex-Wales stats guru Alan Carter give more of the inside story on coaches Gareth Jenkins, Warren Gatland, Graham Henry, and Steve Hansen
Read his thoughts on Moseley's Patrick Kavanagh on page 64
But the mother-of-two, who turned up at one of the musician's gigs in weird gothic robes and says she can read his thoughts, insists: "I have confidential things I want to tell him."
He was filled with a vast uneasiness, for he was certain that she could read his thoughts....
She said: "He was paranoid, schizophrenic, heard voices, thought he was being followed and was convinced someone had put a chip in his head which could read his thoughts." He may need medication for the rest of his life.