Read the Lines

Read the Lines

A slang term meaning to look at and analyze technical information. For example, reading the lines may involve analyzing a company's price-earnings ratio over a period of time. The general direction of the ratio may influence whether one buys or sells the company's stock.
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He said: "I would have never attempted anything like this in the past; for a start, I wouldn't have been able to read the lines.
In the ad, running since Friday, some of the best-known faces from the soaps read the lines from the sonnet.
Players can read the lines as they appear in the original film or spice them up with improvisation.
The reason was the sub- title screen for the inaugural play, Charandas Chor in Assamese, that was placed near the ceiling, forcing all those who didn't understand the stage proceedings to crane their neck to read the lines in English.
She read the lines "I give you all my thanks and all my deepest love.
Dubliner Brendan, 48, said: "The fact was that Anthony knew my work so I didn't have to read the lines for him.
He said: "I'm struggling to read the lines but Matt is spot on.
Read the lines carefully and you will grasp that there is only one of them, or perhaps I should say two, since positive and negative are coidentical here: Although the whiteness of the paper support pushes a reading of a black figure against a white ground, you could in fact be seeing a black and a white line perfectly dovetailing.
Mr Motion spoke of how he was struck by the "emotional power" of poetry when he went to read the lines of verse attached to "the lake of flowers" at the gates of Kensington Palace after the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.
What was worse in the seventy-five-minute work was that the esteemed actress, Olympia Dukakis, had to read the lines.
Clinton read the lines at the recent prayer breakfast in which he told the nation he was sorry for his infidelity and dishonesty.