put two and two together


: to make a correct guess based on what one has seen or heard : to figure something out
You weren't home so I put two and two together and went back to your office to find you.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Mike Hancock was in Costa Rica on a fishing trip when someone recognized his last name and put two and two together. Bob Carlton | Bcarlton@al.com, al, 11 Nov. 2020 Last season, Booker didn’t join the conversation until late in the year when people put two and two together. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 4 Dec. 2022 Chad said Miranda finally put two and two together and reached out to Eric’s family in Ohio. Veronica Fulton, NBC News, 23 Oct. 2022 Computer monitors displaying a mission history that Charlie recognizes from news coverage of the Guard allow his friends to put two and two together and figure out that Jack is the mystery superhero. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Aug. 2022 Most people didn’t need scientists to help put two and two together. Glamour, 14 Apr. 2022 People really don’t put two and two together when policies are created that prevent trans people from being employed. Essence, 30 Mar. 2022 When people started turning up dead, very few put two and two together to figure they might be related. Janet Carson, Arkansas Online, 19 Jan. 2022 If insurance pays the whole bill, the consumer will never put two and two together either. George Calhoun, Forbes, 3 June 2021 See More

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“Put two and two together.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/put%20two%20and%20two%20together. Accessed 9 Jun. 2023.

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