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 ?
He has a curious habit of looking one straight in the face, as if trying to read one's thoughts. He tries this on very much with me, but I flatter myself he has got a tough nut to crack.
If these very toys had the ability to read one's thoughts and translate these into action, how amusing would this be for the child?