read (one) like a book

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read (one) like a book

To analyze and understand someone well. You won't be a very successful thief with that nervous demeanor—the cops will read you like a book.
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read someone like a book

Fig. to understand someone very well. I've got John figured out. I can read him like a book. Of course I understand you. I read you like a book.
See also: book, like, read