Definition of book in English:

book

noun

  • 1A written or printed work consisting of pages glued or sewn together along one side and bound in covers.

    ‘a book of selected poems’
    • ‘After some serious research he wrote a book on the subject, Ancient Mosaics in Bulgaria.’
    • ‘Rosie bought me the DVD along with a book on philosophy.’
    • ‘I sat there a while longer, staring down at the vellum pages of the book on the low desk before me.’
    • ‘When he retired he wrote a book on medical science for lay people and prospective doctors.’
    • ‘I get up and stretch out my stiff muscles and take the bookmark and put it in the book on the page I was reading.’
    • ‘The first work of mine to be published in a book wasn't a short story or a novel.’
    • ‘Anthologies of writing and small art books will be available for sale online.’
    • ‘So he launched a new company which packaged the software in paperback book format and charged lower prices.’
    • ‘The council said there will also be an extra £100,000 for the library book fund.’
    • ‘At any rate, objectivity should be the guiding factor while writing history books, past or present.’
    • ‘He cherished some lovely old books containing the folk songs and traditional ballads of our land.’
    • ‘The resource books provided are well recognized as being excellent in their area.’
    • ‘If one opens the book at random, it is this multitude of references that catches the eye.’
    • ‘She pictures a woman lying gloomily on the couch reading a book about Maria Callas.’
    • ‘I was a bit discouraged with the rest of the book after such a wonderful introduction.’
    • ‘Modern books and CDs are often shoddy objects, victims of corporate economies.’
    • ‘You can do so by reading books and informing yourself, which is an aspect that should not be overlooked.’
    • ‘He didn't want to get in more trouble, and just opened a book, trying to concentrate and read it silently.’
    • ‘I opened a book and quickly skimmed information about the first World War.’
    • ‘It's pretty sad, actually… most of my friends haven't opened a book for pleasure in years.’
    • ‘Solving an author's puzzles can be one of the most rewarding things about cracking open a book.’
    volume, tome, work, printed work, publication, title, opus, treatise
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    1. 1.1A literary composition that is published or intended for publication as a book.
      ‘he's writing a book about his experiences’
      • ‘Henry Miller had published seventeen books when he sent out an appeal to all his friends to help him out.’
      • ‘Merely getting books published serves little purpose if no one reads them.’
      • ‘Another, working on a novel for young adults, already has books published in that field.’
      • ‘He had just published a book of his life story, and it had become a best seller.’
      • ‘Who is it that decides which novels, biographies, poetry and children's books do get published?’
      • ‘The book, published in an edition of 6,000 copies on 19 December, sold out in a few days.’
      • ‘The firm continued to publish books, and there was talk of opening a bookshop.’
      • ‘As the publication dates indicate these books are not the fruit of deep or new research.’
      • ‘I love mixing genres, writing essays and kids' books and short stories as well as poems.’
      • ‘He has claimed that he never wanted to be a novelist despite the fact the he has published so many books.’
      • ‘The best films nearly always come from original scripts or second-rate books.’
      • ‘His drawings are also found in travel books and the stories of operas by Richard Wagner.’
      • ‘He likes classical music and books about people who die and come back to life.’
      • ‘Second, don't open a book with a prologue, because you're wasting time.’
      • ‘She is currently at work on a literary thriller and a book of short stories based on her travels’
      • ‘Tell me about why you write stories and how you came to write a novel rather than a book of short stories.’
      • ‘I wrote my first book on spec, sent it off to nearly 100 publishers and in six weeks I had my first offer.’
      • ‘I used to do photography seriously, and even wrote a book on photography in schools back in the seventies.’
      • ‘I have recently spent many months writing a book on hypnosis for the British Medical Association.’
      • ‘Writing books about how to make a fortune on the Internet seems like a great method.’
      work, publication, book, novel, composition, piece, creation, opus
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    2. 1.2A main division of a literary work or of the Bible.
      ‘the Book of Genesis’
      • ‘The book of Esther is the only book of the Bible that does not contain the name of God.’
      • ‘Of course, and that truth is preserved in the 66 books of the Bible, Old and New Testaments.’
      • ‘Esther is one of the most neglected books of the Old Testament, certainly as far as commentaries are concerned.’
      • ‘He makes that claim in a short essay on the gospel of Luke in Revelations, a collection of personal responses to books of the Bible.’
      • ‘Set up to follow the order of the books of the Bible, these photos and texts run from Creation to Revelation!’
      • ‘And not only does the book of Proverbs have this potential, but almost all the books of the Bible.’
      • ‘As many have noted, the very last words of the last book of the Jewish Bible end on a similar note.’
      • ‘There are some books of the Bible whose authors cannot be known completely.’
      • ‘God always dictated the Torah, as well as other books of the Bible, in the language used by the people at the time.’
      • ‘Bryan never went into a frenzy, nor did he recite the books of the Bible.’
      • ‘There are many commentaries on individual books of the Bible, but the reader who wishes to take a broader view has less choice.’
      • ‘There are also rough translations of other books of the Bible, currently used for teaching purposes.’
      • ‘When Jerome started work there were already Latin translations of many of the books of the Bible.’
      • ‘Some readers of the Bible consider the book of Hebrews to be a description of a faith journey.’
      • ‘In the 2nd Century AD the first four books of the New Testament were known as gospels.’
      • ‘I found the list he had made of the books of the Bible in the drawer of his bedside table.’
      • ‘Of the 42 books of the Bible that Shakespeare drew upon, Ecclesiasticus and Job seem to have been his favourites.’
      • ‘However, in the textual criticism of the books of Scripture this is problematic in several ways.’
      • ‘As a theologian he is most famous for his practical work in revising the order of the books of the Bible and arranging them into chapters.’
      • ‘The New Testament contains the books that provide the basis for modern Christianity.’
    3. 1.3The libretto of a musical or opera, or the script of a play.
      ‘Keira took out the script book that she hadn't yet returned to the handbag.’
      text, book, screenplay, libretto, lyrics, score, lines, parts, dialogue, words, manuscript
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    4. 1.4one's booksUsed to refer to studying.
      ‘he was so deep in his books he would forget to eat’
      • ‘But he never wallowed in self pity, and rather spent every available moment with his nose stuck deep in his books.’
      • ‘And there is naturally also a limit to how many hours they can be poring over their books after many hours at school and three hours of homework.’
      • ‘The campus has plenty of spots for students tired of slaving over their books in the library or dorms to get some fresh air.’
      • ‘On one of those seemingly endless summer days he was poring over his books in the library.’
      • ‘Many students, sweating over their books, have dreamt of taking a relaxing nap in one of the beautiful forest clearings.’
    5. 1.5the bookThe telephone directory for the area in which someone lives.
      ‘is your name in the book?’
      • ‘Apart from in 2006/7, we are members of the Offa's Dyke Association, find us in the book, or the online entry they have for us.’
      • ‘We are not a secret organisation, but out of necessity you will not find us in the book.’
      • ‘And if you have fond memories of a special teacher, why not look them up in the book and say ‘thanks’ one more time?’
      • ‘Mum told me his surname, and I looked him up in the book, and called him, but his mum told me he was out so I left a message.’
      • ‘New customers who found our number in the book would get the message ‘the number you reached is not in service.’’
    6. 1.6informal, dated A magazine.
      ‘women's books like Cosmopolitan and Ladies' Home Journal’
      ‘Charlotte's mother always called magazines ‘books’’
      • ‘Money meant that no one laughed behind her back when she called magazines books.’
      • ‘'I read it in a book.' 'What book?' 'Vogue, that's what book.'’
      • ‘Their readers nearly always referred to these magazines as 'books'.’
      • ‘Some older readers still refer to their magazines as 'books'.’
      journal, publication, periodical, paper, proceedings
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    7. 1.7An imaginary record or list (often used to emphasize the comprehensiveness of someone's actions or experience)
      ‘she felt every emotion in the book of love’
      • ‘Whether or not ‘long distance’ relationships can work is one of those age-old questions in the book of love.’
      • ‘There is a little known secret in the book of relationships, filed under the chapter on breaking up and I am here to share it.’
      • ‘The way he receives his partner in his hotel room wouldn't count among ‘nice and friendly’ in the book of etiquette.’
  • 2with modifier A bound set of blank sheets for writing in.

    ‘an accounts book’
    • ‘She leaned back against her pillows and tapped her pen against the leather bound book.’
    • ‘She reached into one of her few bags, and pulled out a leather bound book, and began to read.’
    • ‘She spotted Joel propped up against the wall, reading a thick, leather bound book.’
    • ‘He pulled a heavy, leather bound book off from a high shelf, and cracked it open gently.’
    • ‘As the man walked towards Pierre a man came from the back holding a huge old leather bound book.’
    • ‘As the reading went on, a guy sitting down in front of me drew an impressionistic sketch into a handmade blank book.’
    • ‘She also added two leather bound books to the bag, one was blank but the other was full of spells that Olivia might need for the journey to the Wastes.’
    • ‘Before he could finish his sentence, Cass drew a green account book from a shelf to the side.’
    • ‘It's much more difficult to find a coloring book image of a crawdad than one would think.’
    • ‘Verona, our daughter, had completed the bicycling clown in her colouring book and was bored.’
    • ‘DocSearcher doesn't search my email, my address book entries or my browser history.’
    • ‘The Narrator looked up from the leather bound book he was reading from; tears were coursing from his eyes.’
    • ‘On his return from the war, he transcribed the diaries into ledger books, filling in gaps from memory.’
    • ‘Maura gave him a puzzled glance but closed the account book and made her way to the entrance.’
    • ‘I went over to this podium in the corner which had a large ledger book opened up on it.’
    • ‘She put the account book away and walked out to the site where they had been attacked.’
    • ‘That brought to mind the leather bound book that she had borrowed from the library.’
    • ‘He was marking exam papers when by chance he found a blank page in a candidate's answer book.’
    • ‘Colouring books can occupy a child quietly for a while.’
    • ‘The three of them then turned to look at the subject of their topic, just in time to see a grey address book fall out with a thud.’
    notepad, notebook, pad, memo pad, exercise book, binder
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    1. 2.1booksA set of records or accounts.
      ‘a bid to balance the books’
      • ‘They balance the books by selling places to students from developing countries.’
      • ‘What's more, balance the books properly and you can avoid the perils of going deeper and deeper into debt.’
      • ‘They need to be able to balance the books to continue to provide it.’
      • ‘For example, she bases one chapter on account books devoted to the West Indian trade.’
      • ‘Overnight there was a tenfold increase in the valuation put on the city's council homes to balance the books and keep the sell-off on track.’
      • ‘He had then tried to juggle the accounts in a desperate bid to balance the books.’
      • ‘Account books of the period reveal how traders fared in this unusual situation.’
      • ‘But now it is understood senior officers say they cannot keep using reserves to balance the books.’
      • ‘In this study, memoirs and diaries, account books and statistics are used to forge an image of the life that went on in these houses.’
      • ‘The council said the extra 29 million it has been given will be soaked up by education and there is simply not enough money to balance the books.’
      • ‘His proposal has come as council finance chiefs look to balance the books and keep this year's rise in council tax below five per cent.’
      • ‘It is believed that the land was not mentioned in the company's books or records or in the annual accounts.’
      • ‘The money I put in on departure was to balance the books, but reductions in certain areas will be needed.’
      • ‘With all this extra wealth coming into the city, the council is unable to balance the books.’
      • ‘The council has been struggling to balance the books for years.’
      • ‘They must sell an expensive player approximately once every 12 months to balance the books.’
      • ‘There was a desk in the middle of the room, with account books stacked and arranged neatly around each other.’
      • ‘But sceptics say he still has to cut spending or raise taxes to balance the books and could raise indirect taxes in next year's budget.’
      • ‘To help you balance the books for a night at the movies, here is the admission and snack bar breakdown for the five theatres reviewed.’
      • ‘That's where the savings are required to balance the books.’
      accounts, records, archives
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    2. 2.2A bookmaker's record of bets accepted and money paid out.
      ‘According to both the bookmakers and the form book it's a two-horse race.’
    3. 2.3Soccer The notebook in which a referee writes the names of players who are cautioned for foul play.
      ‘his name went into the book for a foul on Smyth’
      • ‘Newsome's name was soon added to referee's book when he deliberately tripped an opponent.’
      • ‘It was the 11 th of the season for a man who is no stranger to the referee's book.’
    4. 2.4the bookThe first six tricks taken by the declarer in a hand of bridge, after which further tricks count towards fulfilling the contract.
      ‘The person who plays the highest card of the suit led, or who plays the highest trump, wins the book.’
      ‘If no one plays a trump, then the highest ranking card to the suit led wins the book.’
  • 3A set of tickets, stamps, matches, samples of cloth, etc., bound together.

    ‘a pattern book’
    • ‘Perry specialised in making books of matches (advertising bars or restaurants, for example).’
    • ‘They have books of pictures and samples that you can look through there, and they can do it all.’
    • ‘It was then that he remembered the book of matches in his pocket, and drew it out.’
    • ‘He sits again, pulls a book of matches out of his pocket, strikes one and holds it out toward me.’
    • ‘He scribbled his address and Com number on the back of a book of matches and gave it to her.’
    • ‘If you feel you can support the club by selling a few books of tickets please don't hesitate to contact any committee or club member.’
    • ‘Once, when he was driving with his fiancée, a traffic policeman stopped him and took out a ticket book.’
    • ‘A book of first class stamps and a letter of apology was the scant compensation offered to a woman who claimed her mail had been stolen.’
    • ‘Current rules allow a passenger to carry two lighters and four books of matches.’
    • ‘Instead, it was as if the models were swathed in giant fabric sample books, each layer peeling off to reveal another beneath.’
    • ‘Those who can write in with the correct guess win a book of stamps!’
    • ‘All completed ticket books and sponsorship should be returned to the organising committee immediately.’
    • ‘Season ticket holders are being urged to bring their entire season ticket books with them to ensure entry to the ground.’
    • ‘In addition to the student samples, items are also sampled into test books.’
    • ‘At our local wallpaper store they gave me several large sample books of discounted wallpaper.’
    • ‘Leagues of volunteers will start working the room selling books of Grand Raffle tickets.’
    • ‘Sample books were purchased for the teachers to read based on their preferences.’
    • ‘It's just, when you go out into the woods you should carry a book of matches, or some waterproof matches.’
    • ‘What to do when you are suddenly faced with a wall of wallpaper sample books at your local retail store?’
    • ‘Junior season ticket books cost £25 for home and away games plus cup competitions.’

verb

[with object]
  • 1Reserve (accommodation, a place, etc.); buy (a ticket) in advance.

    ‘I have booked a table at the Swan’
    no object ‘book early to avoid disappointment’
    • ‘Much coastal and Dales accommodation is already booked up in advance, and Scarborough had to print 10,000 extra holiday brochures to satisfy demand.’
    • ‘The auditorium was packed and places were booked well in advance for this eagerly anticipated show.’
    • ‘Similar to one week packages in the Canary Islands, all places were booked well in advance.’
    • ‘From November to March its rooms are booked up more quickly than umbrellas turn inside out.’
    • ‘Space for bicycles is limited on Scotrail trains, and so book a place in advance.’
    • ‘As places are limited it is important that places are booked early.’
    • ‘The hotels and guest houses are booked up a year in advance, and anyone who has any sense will spend both days avoiding the main roads and the railway station.’
    • ‘During its long run, the Community Centre was booked out in advance for most of the show nights.’
    • ‘Regretfully only those who have booked places can be accommodated on this occasion’
    • ‘A little voice at the back of my head is telling me I really should book some accommodation in advance.’
    • ‘Whenever I book a ticket in advance, they always put me in the quiet carriage.’
    • ‘Places are fully booked for the Summer Camp.’
    • ‘If deemed appropriate, a student union committee could suspend the fraternity's privileges for booking rooms and tables.’
    • ‘You can support them by booking your tickets or table at the earliest convenience and ensure you're attending a very special Dream Ball.’
    • ‘The popularity of the event has meant commercial accommodations are sometimes booked one year in advance.’
    • ‘Advance tickets can be booked online or by calling 07005 942 579.’
    • ‘All welcome to come and view the activities and premises on offer or to book a place for your child.’
    • ‘The tower - including the viewing platform - can be booked for special events.’
    • ‘By the end of the no-pressure sell, the four other guests had booked a consultation.’
    • ‘Excursions can be booked at the guest services desk at the resort.’
    reserve, make a reservation for, arrange in advance, prearrange, arrange for, order
    arrange, programme, schedule, timetable, line up, secure, fix up, lay on
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    1. 1.1Reserve accommodation for (someone)
      ‘his secretary had booked him into the Howard Hotel’
      with two objects ‘book me a single room at my usual hotel’
      • ‘My boyfriend brought me to London and surprised me by booking us in at the Met Hotel, absolutely stunning and funky place to stay, I loved it!’
      • ‘Even booking you both into one of the most luxurious hotels in Moncton, Canada.’
      • ‘We have taken the liberty at booking you at Collelungo, an agriturismo near Castellina.’
      • ‘The hotel they'd booked me was expensive, but I wasn't complaining.’
      • ‘It started out with me being booked to work for NWA Florida through Eric Loy who is a liaison for the promotion.’
      • ‘They sought out a guest services representative and booked themselves into a 5 star resort, just a 20 minute drive away.’
      • ‘A couple feared for their lives after they were booked into a hotel in what they described as a dangerous drugs ghetto in South Africa.’
      • ‘We'd been booked into The Hotel That Time Forgot.’
      • ‘Until we realised we had been booked into the wrong hotel.’
      • ‘Around 1,000 guests were flown in on planes chartered from Air India and were booked into two swish hotels.’
    2. 1.2book in/intono object Register one's arrival at a hotel.
      ‘he booked in at a hotel’
      • ‘On arrival we booked into the hotel and then the festivities began with our annual pre-dive get-together.’
      • ‘We booked into our fleapit hotels and checked out, we got on our buses and got off them again, we signed up on lists and then found that a new list was being drawn up which we were not on.’
      • ‘Imagine booking into this hotel, with its romantic associations, and being faced with this brute of a building’
      • ‘A snowstorm dominated the news and led to hundreds of people taking time off work or booking into hotels rather than donning their boots to stride through the slush.’
      • ‘He was feeling quite mellow after the usual hassle of the journey and booking into the hotel.’
      • ‘The girl's parents called police on August 26 when they discovered she had booked into the Leamington hotel after telling them she was going to stay with a friend.’
      • ‘By December 4, he had booked into the Plaza Hotel in Honolulu.’
      • ‘They booked into the hotel but guests had complained about the couple rowing in their room, the hotel's restaurant and its gardens.’
      • ‘Humphry and I arrived late that night and booked into the City Hotel.’
      • ‘We booked into the hotel in the next village - an institution that prided itself on its local cuisine.’
      • ‘She explained she was booked into the hotel because of its four star status.’
      • ‘They had booked into hotels near to the union's Clapham Junction head office a week before.’
      • ‘It's not what you expect when you book into a nice hotel.’
      • ‘He said that he would book into a hotel that suited him.’
      • ‘Being pampered, of course, is one of the main reasons why people book into luxury hotels, and it would be churlish to resent it.’
      • ‘And rather than face the long walk home, some had chosen to book into hotels in the city centre.’
      • ‘If you were alone and the weather was really bad you could always book into a hotel.’
      • ‘So next time you fly away for business or pleasure consider the advantages of renting a serviced apartment rather than booking into a hotel.’
      • ‘People travel from far and near and are even booking into local hotels.’
      • ‘I've booked into hotel rooms under so many assumed names that I couldn't remember how to sign the bill.’
      register, check in, enrol, log one's arrival, record one's arrival
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    3. 1.3Engage (a performer or guest) for an event.
      ‘the promoter booked him for another appearance’
      • ‘Work got underway booking performers as far back as last September and work on the parade for concepts and ideas got underway in March.’
      • ‘The singer was originally booked for a small concert in Hangzhou on June 12, sponsored by an ice tea company.’
      • ‘A promoter who booked them to play in Ripley, Derbyshire, suggested he change his name to Cliff Richard.’
      • ‘However the programme for this year is going to be hard to improve on as some of the best artistes in Ireland and abroad are booked to perform.’
      • ‘So I was surprised when I heard where we had been booked to perform this Patrick's Day - Niagara, the Canadian side.’
      • ‘He is booked perform one of his routines live on national television.’
      • ‘Many acts have been booked to perform both on the main stage in Castlewellan and in several smaller venues in Newcastle, Ballynahinch and Downpatrick.’
      • ‘Several senior speakers from Scotland's main IT markets are booked for the networking event.’
      • ‘We've booked a band for the night and some other guest artists will also play.’
      • ‘He has been booked to perform three times this season by Reading, Yeovil and Swindon.’
      • ‘But Thomas does not stop at booking the artists.’
      • ‘No, but they can determine whether or not someone should take a risk on booking an artist.’
      • ‘Each month the society holds a concert booking artists from all over the UK and abroad.’
      • ‘According to the panel report, he was responsible for booking Western artists for the Harbour Fest.’
      • ‘Even if they've never heard you speak, the fact that you were booked as a speaker gives you instant credibility.’
      • ‘He booked me on a show in Alabama, but didn't know who the audience was.’
    4. 1.4be booked upHave all places reserved; be full.
      ‘at weekends we're usually booked up’
      • ‘People can come on the night but it may be booked up so they should book in advance.’
      • ‘The Evening Press made a call to the centre to ask what accommodation was available and was told by that most hotels were booked up this weekend.’
      • ‘All places have been booked up this weekend, but the sessions will also be available next Saturday.’
      • ‘All my rooms were booked up by congress delegates.’
      • ‘Every place we'd tried was booked up, so we were getting a bit panicky.’
      • ‘But yet again the photographer was turned away because the gallery was booked up.’
      • ‘‘My clinic is booked up until 2006, with a waiting list of nine to ten months, and my colleagues also have waiting lists of up to 12 months,’ he said.’
      • ‘Since then, it has become a popular venue for exhibitions and is booked up until well into 2006.’
      • ‘Any builder of any worth is booked up from now till kingdom come, and they don't do too badly on the money front either.’
      • ‘And because the doctors' time is being booked up by patients who don't turn up, it means everyone has to wait longer to see their GP.’
  • 2Make an official note of the personal details of (a person who has broken a law or rule)

    ‘the cop booked me and took me down to the station’
    • ‘Officers took the inebriated tourists to the Pattaya police station and booked them on charges of physical assault and drunk and disorderly behavior.’
    • ‘Eventually you'll get booked by the cops and handed a fine.’
    • ‘Clients who do stop in these areas are often harassed by police by flashing their lights or booking them for traffic offences.’
    • ‘After new inmates are booked, they're interviewed, sometimes for as long as 45 minutes.’
    • ‘After a sobriety test, he was booked on suspicion of two misdemeanor charges’
    • ‘She was booked on misdemeanor counts of hit-and-run and driving without a valid driver license.’
    • ‘He was booked on suspicion of making threats with intent to terrorize and on suspicion of interfering with a person's civil rights.’
    • ‘He was arrested in a San Francisco residence and brought to the San Jose Main Jail where he was booked on several counts of armed robbery.’
    • ‘He was transported back to Bayview Station where he was booked on weapons, narcotics, the warrant and illegal encampment charges.’
    • ‘We went over to the Palm Beach County Jail where I was booked on this single charge, filed a not guilty plea, went in there and smiled for the mug shot.’
    • ‘She was booked on a misdemeanor shoplifting charge and released on $600 bail.’
    • ‘A number of people were booked quite unnecessarily, causing anger and disbelief that such an innocent action could result in such draconian measures.’
    • ‘He was also booked for selling alcohol after hours.’
    • ‘Nonetheless, officers booked him on charges of theft.’
    • ‘The 39-year-old singer was booked on a felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon late on Friday.’
    1. 2.1Soccer (of a referee) note down the name of (a player) who is cautioned for foul play.
      ‘McMahon was booked for a foul’
      • ‘That is important now, because referees are liable to book players for trivial things.’
      • ‘The referee books him for a poorly concealed piece of play-acting.’
      • ‘He says players over here are booked for minor offences by referees who operate by the letter of the law and claimed the same offences would go unpunished in all other major European leagues.’
      • ‘Once a player's been booked there is always a possibility that if he does anything else he will get sent off.’
      • ‘If players haven't been booked or sent off, or there aren't shenanigans in a game, then it's considered a boring match.’
  • 3US informal no object Leave suddenly.

    ‘they just ate your pizza and drank your soda and booked’
    • ‘We gotta book—fast.’
    • ‘You gotta book, Officer. I gotta stay.’
    • ‘Look, I gotta book. I'll see you guys later.’
    • ‘It was time to book out of here. I jumped onto the bike and started to pedal, heading for the mainland.’
    1. 3.1Move quickly; hurry.
      ‘my sister and I booked to the playground’
      ‘I didn't hear the verdict because I had to book it to work’
      • ‘She waved bye-bye and booked out of there.’
      • ‘He's booking through that park.’
      • ‘Book, man! Can't you run? Something wrong with your legs?’
      • ‘He was booking through a parking lot recently when a car lurched backward.’
      • ‘I started booking it due north, trying my best to move as quickly as I could without losing my footing.’
      • ‘We better book if we're gonna go to P.E.’
      • ‘Then he just booked it around the corner and we never saw him again.’

Phrases

    bring someone to book
    British
    • Officially punish someone or call them to account for their behaviour.

      ‘the murderer will be found and brought to book’
      • ‘And he warned the troublemakers that they would be brought to book over the next few months using evidence gathered on the night and CCTV video footage of the disorder.’
      • ‘But they can be brought to book under legislation governing companies making false and misleading claims.’
      • ‘It's good that he has been brought to book and sends out a strong message to others.’
      • ‘And officers have warned the criminals that they have taken an extra special interest in bringing them to book.’
      • ‘The council should be bringing someone to book.’
      • ‘He seemed unfazed that an array of high-tech gadgetry was to be deployed in his street with the aim of bringing him to book.’
      • ‘He said: ‘They are committing environmental crimes and our dedicated enforcement teams will be using all their investigative resources to track them down and bring them to book.’’
      • ‘Officers want teachers to join them on night-time patrol so they can identify juvenile troublemakers and help bring them to book.’
      • ‘When we find them, we'll bring them to book and lock them away for a long, long time.’
      • ‘If you are found guilty of corruption, you will be brought to book.’
    close the books
    • Make no further entries at the end of an accounting period; cease trading.

      ‘branches will be asked to close their books at the end of December’
      • ‘Shareholder requirements for dividends made it necessary to define an accounting period, close the books and calculate profits.’
      • ‘In fact, Vermont closed the books on its 2003 fiscal year with a $10.4 million surplus, even as California, Massachusetts, and many other states battle huge deficits.’
      • ‘The Dow and Nasdaq were ready to close the books on their first down years since 1990.’
      • ‘Now, as companies close the books on another quarter, the lack of pricing power combined with weak demand is sapping the top and bottom lines.’
      • ‘This focus is consistent with the practice of closing the books of account annually.’
      • ‘It adds that that the aim is ‘to clear the accounts and to close the books for the years up to March 1995’.’
      • ‘He suggests that a club owner spend the extra money to hire an accountant to formally close the books at the end of the year.’
      • ‘One can also appreciate how the bean counters want to be able to close the books with a positive result against any negative expense.’
      • ‘I'll eat my hat if his successor does not close the books at the end of 2004 with a small surplus.’
      • ‘We're still closing the books on 2003, and there will be a summary article in the April issue of the magazine.’
    in someone's bad (or good) books
    • In disfavour (or favour) with someone.

      ‘you could say he is in my bad books’
      • ‘They say: ‘Let's try and be in their good books.’’
      • ‘He's back in their good books, so his odds remain long.’
      • ‘Ministers and officials in the state see to it that they stay in their good books.’
      • ‘Apparently all the folk in Deerness had heard of my good deed, and that seems to have put me in their good books.’
      • ‘And since she answered my silly questions with patience and saccharine sweetness, she is in my good books.’
      • ‘After half-an-hour of this taunting and torture, the only place his men would have been was in his bad books.’
      • ‘The matron, who was in charge of us, was a formidable figure and you didn't want to get in her bad books.’
      • ‘She's a terrible snob and I'm sure she's only inviting you because it's the done thing and she wants to be polite as well as keep in my good books.’
      • ‘Jon defended me gallantly, earning him a little tick in my good books.’
      • ‘I still didn't think it would be a good idea to go by there alone - especially since I was now in his bad books.’
    by the book
    • Strictly according to the rules.

      ‘a cop who doesn't exactly play it by the book’
      • ‘For such policemen, I have no feelings, they ought to be dealt with strictly by the book.’
      • ‘We even have to keep an open mind about whether there were any dealings that weren't strictly by the book.’
      • ‘Business as usual, even when done strictly by the book, is not necessarily the safest way of operating.’
      • ‘Now, this might appear to be a time to play things strictly by the book in order to protect your biggest lifetime investment.’
      • ‘No, I am just trying to do the whole thing by the book according to my right as a qualified resident foreigner.’
      • ‘The referee played it by the book and said that League rules say that if the pitch isn't fit at 12 noon it won't get any better.’
      • ‘They follow procedure and go by the book; he ignores the rules if it means getting the job done.’
      • ‘But hey, life's too short to play it by the book all the time.’
      • ‘It's not because all of these corporations are doing it just by the book.’
      • ‘Do you think the TV stations are playing by the book in not running excessively violent stuff at 8.30?’
    in my book
    • In my opinion.

      ‘that counts as a lie in my book’
      • ‘True democracy, in my book, is one person one vote on any decision that effects the society that is voting.’
      • ‘The party was a real laugh, lovely people, tasty food - a good combo in my book!’
      • ‘It was a fish soup, no doubt made from yesterday's unsold fish - but that's a good thing in my book.’
      • ‘So anything which helps interns find their way around a community which can be very intimidating must, in my book, be a good thing.’
      • ‘Admittedly he is inclined to forget things like birthdays, but that's not a cardinal sin, not in my book, anyway.’
      • ‘Forgive the caveman economics, but keeping the lights and heating on comes a long way ahead of saving the planet, in my book.’
      • ‘At the press of a button, I could tell what temperature it was in their nursery too, which takes spying to a whole new level in my book.’
      • ‘Celebrities who can rough it on the streets with the homeless are okay in my book.’
      • ‘So in my book that makes it really controllable, even in bad weather.’
      • ‘They all had vests but not one of them had opted for a tie, another transgression in my book.’
    on the books
    • Contained in a list of members, employees, or clients.

      ‘the club have six top foreign players on their books’
      • ‘The garage closes with 15 employees on the books, all of whom are entitled to transfer to the incoming dealer in Preston.’
      • ‘We have only got thirteen players on the books who have made more than 20 Premiership appearances.’
      • ‘The ailing team have finally resigned from division two with only seven or eight players on the books.’
      • ‘This includes several dozen refugees from the former Yugoslavia who are on the books of an employment agency.’
      • ‘Said player would be placed on the books, which would then be made available for clubs anxious to strengthen their squads.’
      • ‘He's not the fastest player on the books and occasionally he can be a bit casual and sometimes gets caught in possession.’
      • ‘He was on the books of top rugby union club Leicester Tigers as a junior but has switched to the League code.’
      • ‘The first three players on the books have the talent to form the nucleus of a premiership winning side.’
      • ‘Discloses for the first time that six current members of the United first team squad are now on the books of the modelling agency.’
      • ‘He was one of the 50,000 or so people on the books of YouGov, the internet pollsters, but was hardly ever asked for his views.’
    People of the Book
    • Jews and Christians as regarded by Muslims.

      • ‘We cannot marry in any circumstances among the followers of other religious barring the People of the Book.’
      • ‘Do the People of the Book in the verse refer to the Jews and Christians of all times?’
      • ‘Some modern thinkers call for recognition of the ties binding the People of the Book together as a means of promoting interfaith dialogue and cooperation.’
      • ‘Then the people of the Qu'ran join with the People of the Book, admiring their common prophets.’
      • ‘The Jews became known as the People of the Book, a title given them by Mohammed.’
      • ‘The People of the Book will say a prayer, thanking God / Yahweh / Allah for the food.’
      • ‘The ultimate challenges of the People of the Book have never been physical ones.’
      • ‘It is often said by Muslims that there is respect in traditional Islam for the People of the Book - that is, Jews and Christians.’
    make (or open) a book
    • Take bets and pay out winnings on the outcome of a race or other contest or event.

      ‘the bookies opened a book on his successor’
      • ‘You can think of it as an American alternative to those famous London betting shops that will make book on just about anything.’
      • ‘It will probably do worse - since the kind of events he wants to make book on are even more unpredictable and emotional than elections.’
      • ‘The company is always game to open a book on most events and we do get some unusual requests.’
      • ‘The bookmakers have opened a book on the Anti-Litter League quoting Kilkenny city as favourite to win at odds of 10/1.’
      • ‘If I knew how to open a book (the bookie kind, I know how to open book-books) I would.’
      • ‘IG Index and its spread betting competitors garner publicity by making a book on ‘grey market’ prices ahead of initial public offerings (IPOs).’
      • ‘In fact Betfair has nothing in particular to do with racing or any other sport on which it makes a book.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, a quintessentially Wodehousian plot is brewing in nearby Tottleigh Castle, where staff is making book on the identity of Lady's Alyce's husband-to-be.’
      • ‘Major organizations are making book on who will be the next Miss World; check out this site for the current odds, and place a bet if you are so inclined.’
    suit someone's book
    British
    • Be convenient for someone.

      ‘it didn't suit her book at all to be moved’
      • ‘My sister is quick to call somebody a friend, even somebody she hardly knows, if it suits her book.’
      • ‘Sorry if that doesn't suit your book or your plans for us but when you said for us to go home you forgot one thing.’
      • ‘Of course many of us have to relearn these lessons in a new cycle because changes in monetary policy seldom suit our book at the time.’
      • ‘It might suit his book to allege that, but that is not the position of my honourable friend.’
      • ‘Decide what type of work activities best suit your book.’
      • ‘Price your liquidity accurately for each of your client segments and recognize which flows suit your book and which don't, so that you can.’
      • ‘It is typical of the minimisation the Leader of the Opposition is capable of when it suits his book.’
    take a leaf out of someone's book
    • Imitate or emulate someone in a particular way.

      ‘worm-watchers should take a leaf out of Darwin's fieldcraft book and sit still to observe the action’
      • ‘He wished more young people would take a leaf out of his book and follow his example.’
      • ‘He carried the club at times last season, but others must take a leaf out of his book.’
      • ‘I hope you do not mind Catherine, I am taking a leaf out of your book and asking anyone that passes this way to please call around and offer your support to John and his family.’
      • ‘He seems very pleasant and hard working, a few could do with taking a leaf out of his book.’
      • ‘I'm going to take a leaf out of your book, at least for a couple of days, and spend my time eating and sleeping by turns.’
      • ‘I hope others take a leaf out of your book and I look forward to working with you again next year.’
      • ‘Perhaps those intent on putting up ludicrously-priced properties under the guise of ‘regeneration’ around here could take a leaf out of their book.’
      • ‘They gave an as near to perfect display of football as possible and what a pity some of our male teams don't take a leaf out of their book.’
      • ‘You have some genuine elected members who care for their community so perhaps take a leaf out of their book.’
      • ‘If only those responsible for devising the new routes and timetables for our buses could take a leaf out of their book.’
      • ‘We may all stand disgusted when we see the state of some foreign prisons, but maybe we should take a leaf out of their book.’
    throw the book at
    informal
    • Charge or punish (someone) as severely as possible.

      ‘get this lot down to the station and throw the book at them’
      • ‘If the charges are proved, throw the book at the perpetrators, but not until.’
      • ‘And last week, in the run-up to his visit, the Kremlin was continuing to throw the book at the company.’
      • ‘Her bond has been set at $50,000 and it would be nice if a judge throws the book at her.’
      • ‘If so, then I do hope that the feds are throwing the book at her - I want her to fry for this!’
      • ‘Does this make you feel like throwing the book at your unsolicited informant, and to lose interest in reading on?’
      • ‘Will you, Mr Speaker, sort out the chief whip and throw the book at her?’
      • ‘So they're basically saying to people, ‘If we ever find out that the claims that you made were false, look out, we're going to throw the book at you.’’
      • ‘But this is their opportunity to appear tough on racial sensitivity and they're going to throw the book at us.’
      • ‘Speeders beware: judge may throw the book at you’
      • ‘I hope the NYC police throw the book at this woman.’
      • ‘If he's guilty, they should throw the book at him.’
      • ‘We're going to throw the book at you, or at least some facts, from our presidential election research editorial guide.’
      • ‘As far as we are concerned, we will throw the book at them and we would expect that magistrates do the same.’
      • ‘And considering my contempt for the Ivy League, I hope, you know, they throw the book at them.’
      • ‘You can't throw the book at anyone because it is happening.’
      • ‘But if he doesn't, I'm sure the government is prepared to throw the book at him.’
      • ‘The United States sees children killing each other in the classroom, but you can't just throw the book at them.’
      • ‘I suppose its best that I ask the Corporation to take away my bin and throw the book at me as you cannot get blood out of a stone - and I am that stone.’
      • ‘I hope that the prosecutors and law enforcement officers also take this seriously and throw the book at him if he is caught.’
      • ‘We have always said we're prepared to throw the book at the terrorists, because that's who we've got to concentrate upon.’
    write the book
    • Used in reference to particular expertise or proficiency in a subject, area of activity, etc.

      ‘they actually care about the product they are making and they wrote the book on customer service’
      ‘he pretty much writes the book on how to be perfect in the media’
      • ‘He's the man who wrote the book on duplicity.’
      • ‘California wrote the book on approachability.’
      • ‘I know how the whole ‘need-to-know’ system works: in fact I wrote the book on it!’
      • ‘Here were two football powers who wrote the book on heroics and football legends, rewriting it in a game and on a stage like this.’
      • ‘The way she goes on, you'd think she wrote the book on fidelity.’
      • ‘I could write the book on rehab.’
      • ‘The only thing Robert is willing to reveal about the special guest mentor is that they could "write the book on vulnerability."’
      • ‘They could write the book on luxury, whether it's stays in country houses on the shores of magical lochs or voyages through the Outer Hebrides.’
      • ‘Clooney plays Miles Massey, a hotshot divorce attorney who wrote the book on prenuptial agreements.’
    you can't judge a book by its cover
    proverb
    • Outward appearances are not a reliable indication of the true character of someone or something.

      • ‘And I think that, like this movie says, you can't judge a book by its cover.’
      • ‘Despite the admonition that you can't judge a book by its cover, I tend to find that, increasingly, you can.’
      • ‘I told you that you can't judge a book by its cover,’ he reminded her, in an ‘I-told-you-so’ type of manner.’
      • ‘Guess you can't judge a book by its cover after all.’
      • ‘But you can't judge a book by its cover or whatever they say.’
      • ‘This book defies the old adage that claims you can't judge a book by its cover.’
      • ‘This was just another thing that contributed to the fact you can't judge a book by its cover.’
      • ‘Mind you, you can't judge a book by its cover, me old mum used to say.’
      • ‘They seemed all right at first but I suppose you can't judge a book by its cover.’
      • ‘Anyone who says you can't judge a book by its cover is an idiot.’

Origin

Old English bōc (originally also ‘a document or charter’), bōcian ‘to grant by charter’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch boek and German Buch, and probably to beech (on which runes were carved).

Pronunciation

book

/bʊk/