Welcome to [Phrases]! Maybe you are reading books every day but how much do you really know about “books?” Do you even know a “book” can be “cooked?” That does not mean putting books in a pot, adding some water and salt, and then turning on the stove. Check out the following idioms about “book.”
Here we go!
1. Cook The Books
to change accounts and figures dishonestly, usually in order to get money
He cooked the books in order to get the funds for his science research.
2. Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover
used for saying that you should not form an opinion about someone or something only from their appearance
He may not look confident enough but I assure you he is an expert in this field. Don’t judge a book by its cover.
3. Take A Leaf Out Of Someone’s Book
to copy what someone else does because they are successful at doing it
You should take a leaf out of Xiaomi’s book and produce nice electronic devices with a lower price.
4. Bring Someone To Book
to punish someone, or to make them explain their behavior publicly when they have done something wrong
If policemen have lied, then they must be brought to book.
5. By The Book
correctly, following all the rules or systems for doing something in a strict way
He always tried to do everything by the book. So that’s why people call him a “nerd.”
6. In Someone’s Good Books
used for saying that someone is pleased with you
I’m trying to get back in her good books after I have argument with her on our team project.
7. Read Someone Like A Book
to be able to understand easily what someone is thinking or feeling
I know what you’re thinking – I can read you like a book.
8. The Oldest Trick In The Book
a dishonest method of doing something that you know about because it has been used many times before
Flattery is the oldest trick in the book, so don’t fall for it!
9. A Closed Book
(1) something that you accept has completely ended
Her marriage is a closed book now and she will raise her kid on her own.
(2) something or someone that is very difficult to understand
I’m afraid accountancy is a closed book to me.
10. An Open Book
something or someone that is easy to know about because nothing is kept secret
She is an open book because she tells me everything and never tries to hide things from me .
Practice: make sentences with the idioms above.
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