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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
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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
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But she was not listening to his words, she was reading his thoughts from the expression of his face.
A lawsuit alleges that a Lane Community College student told an instructor in 2014 "that he thought students in the class were reading his thoughts and trying to keep him from murdering anyone." A front page story Friday incorrectly said the alleged comments were made in class.
However, reading his thoughts on class in our society I found myself agreeing wholeheartedly with him.
Of racing, he writes, "The triumphant feeling generated by a long-awaited victory by a beautiful animal, the owner's competitive spirit incarnate, is singular." Reading his thoughts on his horses and races like the Belmont Stakes and the Triple Crown, one can't help but notice the parallel between his passion for racing and his ability to embrace life's unknowns and play its odds with optimism.
At first she's bored by Len, but slowly she falls in love with the 22-yearold version of her grandfather by reading his thoughts.
CORRECTION: 20160123 A lawsuit alleges that a Lane Community College student told an instructor in 2014 "that he thought students in the class were reading his thoughts and trying to keep him from murdering anyone." A front page story Friday incorrectly said the alleged comments were made in class.