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  • 1An act of reserving accommodations, travel, etc., or of buying a ticket in advance.

    ‘the hotel does not handle group bookings’
    • ‘early booking is essential’
    • ‘Advance ticket bookings are up 70% in part because of frustrated demand.’
    • ‘Extra staff will be on hand at stations and for telesales during the first few days of the promotion when bookings for advance purchase tickets are expected to be particularly high.’
    • ‘A booking fee of 50p per transaction applies to all advance ticket bookings.’
    • ‘Early booking is advisable but tickets should be available on the night.’
    • ‘Early booking of tickets is advisable as the event always proves to be highly enjoyable and well attended.’
    • ‘Advance booking is essential as places are limited and bookings will only be taken from Tuesday November 11.’
    • ‘As tickets are limited early booking is essential to avoid disappointment.’
    • ‘Early booking is essential, so please ring as soon as possible.’
    • ‘He is liaising closely with experts from Ascot and York police, and hopes to glean the travel plans from those booking tickets well in advance.’
    • ‘Seats with extra leg room are essential, and can be reserved with your booking.’
    • ‘The booking of train tickets at Hyderabad station was smooth and efficient and the staff at the specially built Reservation Complex were extremely helpful.’
    • ‘Advance booking for dinner is strongly recommended.’
    • ‘Advance booking is not necessary and, with a bit of notice, it is possible to include a screening of any school curriculum films or films of local interest.’
    • ‘Advance booking at the theatre box office is recommended.’
    • ‘Advance booking is vital for this stimulating, enjoyable and experimental approach to life-drawing.’
    • ‘Advance booking is always advisable but you can of course always take a chance on the day itself.’
    • ‘Although the centre only really deals with last minute accommodation bookings, they were up by 85 per cent from 16 last year to 31.’
    • ‘The information centre can be used to make accommodation bookings, find out what is on in York, book days out, tours and coach holidays to destinations in the UK and Europe.’
    • ‘That can include arranging taxis, arranging hotel accommodation, changing ferry bookings, arranging alternative flights where necessary.’
    • ‘Potential visitors would be able to log on, click through details of all the hotels and packages available, then make direct bookings for transport and accommodation.’
    • ‘But he had already had his passport lifted and his concert bookings canceled.’
    • ‘In the rough-and-tumble world of concert booking and promotion, no good deed goes unpunished.’
    reservation, appointment, date
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    1. 1.1An engagement for a performance by an entertainer.
      ‘TV show bookings were mysteriously canceled’
      • ‘We had a senior economic adviser booked on the program and they canceled that booking.’
      • ‘They already have bookings for performances in the coming days.’
      • ‘Hiring music entertainment can arguably be the most important booking made for your wedding.’
      • ‘It was announced recently that Sabu is not going to be on MLW's Sept 19 show as Sabu cancelled on them to take another booking.’
      • ‘And Latin Grammy-winner Chucho Valdez, the great jazz pianist, had to cancel his U.S. bookings.’
      • ‘We are also still taking bookings from performers.’
      • ‘Paul had been attending the Wedding Fair as part of his company and taking bookings to perform at weddings in 2006.’
      • ‘Some 25 artists from Wiltshire and the South West had an opportunity to perform and many secured bookings as a result.’
      • ‘The sound system is in place, entertainment bookings are underway, and the word is getting out.’
      • ‘I am told quite bluntly that changes are impossible, and that I can jolly well cancel my bookings if I so desire.’
      • ‘It covers what mistakes were made that led to these problems, and they had nothing to do with traditional booking or not changing talent.’
      • ‘I would have never guessed that I'd ever be offered, much less accept another booking.’
      • ‘I am also directly in charge of booking all the panels and securing the speakers, which is a lot of fun.’
      • ‘It took immediate action to remove posters from the London Underground, cancel press bookings and promised not to use the advert again.’
  • 2Soccer
    An instance of a player being cautioned by the referee for foul play.

    ‘it was a rough match with five bookings’
    • ‘The FA imposed the fine, suspended for a year, after Leeds players picked up 78 bookings and five red cards the season before last.’
    • ‘The Toulouse-born midfielder is on loan until the end of the season from Racing Santander where he had already picked up five bookings and a red card.’
    • ‘There were 42 free-kicks, two penalties, four bookings and three players sent off, two of whom had to be escorted from the pitch by police.’
    • ‘Five bookings and a sending off do not bode well for a team already hampered by injuries and forced absences.’
    • ‘This World Cup had come to mean too much to him and the dismissal followed three bookings in his six matches here.’
    • ‘That last caution brought his season's figures to five bookings and brought on the automatic one game ban he'll now serve at Goodison a week Wednesday.’
    • ‘Thus this season Premiership fans have been treated to the nonsensical award of bookings for players who ‘overcelebrate’ a goal.’
    • ‘Thankfully we have a half-decent referee today so no stupid bookings as yet.’
    • ‘He gets a stern ticking-off from the referee, but is lucky to escape without a booking.’
    • ‘The referee's notebook was a regular feature, with the Portuguese official booking another seven players.’
    • ‘The first half saw numerous bookings by the young referee, with Southall venting their displeasure at every opportunity.’
    • ‘The second booking involved both players again, with Strong going down in an innocuous tussle for the ball.’
    • ‘A dire first-half is followed by a dramatic second, with four great goals, a penalty claim, bookings aplenty and a goal disallowed for Japan.’
    • ‘We decided that going for the two games was best and in some league matches we left out players who had niggling injuries or would miss the Cup tie if they got a booking.’
    • ‘He escapes a booking, but the Czechs have a free-kick just outside the Greece penalty area.’
    • ‘To be fair, for the most part they played decent, if dirty (22 fouls and about 14 bookings say it all), football.’
    • ‘Both players were due to sit out the FA Cup tie because of one-match bans after picking up five bookings this season.’
    • ‘Also, why isn't it possible to appeal against bookings?’
    • ‘Not until the approach of half-time did Chelsea achieve anything of note, if one can call bookings notable.’
    • ‘He escapes with a ticking-off - there have been no bookings so far this evening.’



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