- 1A written or printed work consisting of pages glued or sewn together along one side and bound in covers: a book of selected poems a book on cats [as modifier]: a book reportMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1A literary composition that is published or intended for publication as a book: the book is set in the 1940s I’m writing a bookMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.2 (the books) Used to refer to studying: he is so deep in his books he would forget to eatMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.3A main division of a classic literary work, an epic, or the Bible: the Book of GenesisMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.4The libretto of an opera or musical, or the script of a play.More example sentences
- Keira took out the script book that she hadn't yet returned to the handbag.
- 1.5 (the book) The local telephone directory: is your name in the book?More example sentences
- 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?
- 1.6 (the Book) The Bible.More example sentences
- The Book contains the revelations that spell out what's fair and unfair or right and wrong.
- Of course, no book is more important or more popular than the book - the Bible.
- 1.7 • informal A magazine.More example sentences
- My local purveyor of comic books and geeky magazines closed its doors last month.
- Comic books and magazines for all ages were consumed hungrily and passed on until literally worn out.
- With the store went my regular Wednesday errand to get comic books and magazines.
- 1.8An imaginary record or list (often used to emphasize the thoroughness or comprehensiveness of someone’s actions or experiences): she felt every emotion in the book of loveMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2 [with modifier] A bound set of blank sheets for writing or keeping records in: an accounts bookMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2.1 (books) A set of records or accounts: he can do more than balance the booksMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2.2A bookmaker’s record of bets accepted and money paid out.More example sentences
- According to both the bookmakers and the form book it's a two-horse race.
- 3A set of tickets, stamps, matches, checks, samples of cloth, etc., bound together: a pattern book a book of matchesMore example sentences
- 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.
- 3.1 (the book) The first six tricks taken by the declarer in a hand of bridge.More example sentences
- 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.
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- 1Reserve (accommodations, a place, etc.); buy (a ticket) in advance: I have booked a table at the Swan [no object]: book early to avoid disappointmentMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1Reserve accommodations for (someone): his secretary had booked him into the Howard Hotel [with two objects]: book me a single room at my usual hotelMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.2Engage (a performer or guest) for an occasion or event.More example sentences
- 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.
- 1.3 (be booked (up)) Have all appointments or places reserved; be full: I’m booked till, like, 2014More example sentences
- 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.
- 2Make an official record of the name and other personal details of (a criminal suspect or offender): the cop booked me and took me down to the stationMore example sentences
- 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.
- 3 [no object] US • informal Leave suddenly: they just ate your pizza and drank your soda and bookedMore example sentences
- It was time to book out of here. I jumped onto the bike and started to pedal, heading for the mainland.
- Look, I gotta book. I'll see you guys later.
- You gotta book, Officer. I gotta stay.
- 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 workMore example sentences
- Then he just booked it around the corner and we never saw him again.
- We better book if we're gonna go to P.E.
- I started booking it due north, trying my best to move as quickly as I could without losing my footing.
bring someone to book
- Bring someone to justice; punish.More example sentences
- 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.
by the book
- Strictly according to the rules: a cop who doesn’t exactly play it by the bookMore example sentences
- 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.
close the book on
- Lay aside; expend no further energy on: Congress closed the book on wool subsidiesMore example sentences
- 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.
in someone's bad (or good) books
- chiefly British In disfavor (or favor) with a person.More example sentences
- 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.
in my book
- In my opinion: that counts as a lie in my bookMore example sentences
- 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.
- Take bets on the outcome of an event: US • figurative I wouldn’t make book on itMore example sentences
- 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.
one for the books
- An extraordinary feat or event.More example sentences
- ‘Well that's one for the books. ‘Unknown hole appears in the side of a 22 foot yacht and sinks.’
- But after what I witnessed, what we all saw well, I guess your report will be one for the books, to say the least
- ‘This was one for the books,’ the boy says, suddenly imitating his father's banal, platitude-ridden speech.
on the books
- Contained in a book of laws or records: discriminatory laws still on the books the longest pitching career on the booksMore example sentences
- 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.
People of the Book
- Jews and Christians as regarded by Muslims.More example sentences
- Muslim men are permitted to marry non-Muslim women from the People of the Book - i.e. Jews and Christians.
- 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?
suit someone's book
- British Be convenient for someone: it didn’t suit her book at all to be movedMore example sentences
- 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.
take a leaf from (or out of) someone's book
- Imitate or emulate someone in a particular way: Gorbachev must take a leaf from Deng’s book and offer tangible benefitsMore example sentences
- 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.
throw the book at
- • informal Charge or punish (someone) as severely as possible.More example sentences
- 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.
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 mediaMore example sentences
- Clooney plays Miles Massey, a hotshot divorce attorney who wrote the book on prenuptial agreements.
- 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.
- I could write the book on rehab.
you can't judge a book by its cover
- • proverb Outward appearances are not a reliable indication of true character.More example sentences
- 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.
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- The surgery has just put a new system in place in which some of the appointments are bookable in advance and some are kept in reserve and booked up on the day in question.
- Based on the feedback from public consolation processes the working group decided to put in place a household pick-up service which is bookable in advance and which has all-ability access.
- The bookable service gives people better access to public transport to enable them to travel into the centre of town.
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).