[Phrases] Cook The Books?

Hey guys!

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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  • Wow, it’s remarkably amazing. I had known merely 2 idioms from book so far but now I’ll use all these in my sentences. So, THANKS 😇😇😇

  • Keep fighting for some one i love, book is defind to open and creating to people get the light from the book,.. iqro,..bacalah, in Bahasa,..God Always open the windows, when u don’t have access to come in from the gate,,

  • I think it’s a very good and useful column of this app . Thank you so much.❤️

  • They cook the books to get money.

    He looks like an old man, but actually he is only 20. Don’t judge the book by it’s cover.

    You should take a leaf out of the english book and become an English teacher.

    The cruel teacher bring that naughty boy to the book.

    That nerd always try everything by the book.

    He is trying to get into her good book.

    We’ve lived 10 years together. I can read you like a book.

    That’s the oldest trick in the book. I’ll call the police.

    You are a closed book for me.

    She is an opened book because she tells me everything that happen in her life.

  • Even though her marriage is almost 5 years, She told me that understanding spouse is a closed book to her

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