How To Use The Word “Book”
When you hear the word “book,” you likely think about… well… a book. Whether hard cover, or paperback, or even ebook. You think of the last book you read or the current book you’re reading—we hope you’re thinking of the book you want to write.
Have you ever thought of all the ways the word “book” can be used? Probably not, but we have. Below is a list of idioms about books we found on the Spellzone website.
21 Idioms about Books
a closed book – a topic or person about which/whom very little is known
an open book – a topic or person that/who is easy to understand or about which/whom a lot is known
book smart – possessing knowledge acquired from reading or study but lacking common sense
bookworm – a keen reader
by the book – in accordance with the rules
“You can’t judge a book by its cover!” – the outward appearance of something or someone is not a reliable indication of its/their true nature
every trick in the book – all available methods of achieving what’s desired
in my book – in my opinion
in someone’s good/bad books – in favor/disfavor with someone
on/off the books – officially on record/unofficially and usually in secret
one for the (record) books – an extraordinary event that will be remembered
the oldest trick in the book – a trick so unimaginative and commonplace that it shouldn’t deceive anyone
to balance the books – to add up all debits and credits
to bring someone to book – to punish someone or draw attention to their bad behavior
to close the books – to put something aside and stop spending time and effort on it
to cook the books – to falsify facts or figures
to have your nose in a book – to be reading intensely
to hit the books – to study
to make/open book – to take bets on something
to read someone like a book – to easily understand someone’s thoughts/motives without being told them
to throw a book at – to punish severely
If you can think of any others, please leave a comment, we’d love to hear them!
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