Book Idioms

  • A closed book

Eg: I’m a scientist, so art will always be a closed book to me.

  • An open book

Eg: Ask me anything, I’m an open book.

  • Read someone like a book

Eg: There are a number of books on the market which suggest that it is possible to learn to read a person like a book.

  • The oldest trick in the book

Eg: Look, you can fix it by threading a paper clip through the hole. Oldest trick in the book!

  • In someone’s good books

Eg: I cleaned the bathroom yesterday so I’m in Mum’s good books.

  • By the book

Eg: The lawyers want to make sure we’ve done everything strictly by the book.

  • Bring someone to book

Eg: Police should be asked to investigate so that the guilty can be brought to book soon.

  • Take a leaf out of someone’s book

Eg: I think I’m going to take a leaf out of your book and start going for a run first thing in the morning.

  • Don’t judge a book by its cover

Eg: The candidate did not look very intelligent, but you can’t judge a book by its cover.

  • Cook the books

Eg: My partner had been cooking the books for years, but because I was the CEO, I got the blame for our company’s collapse…

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