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10 Idioms About Books You Should Start Using Today

Book geeks express their love for reading in many ways. Using book idioms can be one of them.

Some of the phrases, like “in someone’s good books,” are associated with positive feelings or actions. However, the word “book” can be also used to describe things in negative light. The example is “to bring someone to book.”

There is probably only one idiom on the list that most people know and use – “don’t judge the book by it’s cover.” What about the other nine? Your knowledge of idioms about books is not a closed book, is it?

Idioms about books - a closed book

a closed book

1. something that you accept has completely ended Example: As far as she is concerned, her marriage is a closed book.

2. something or someone that is very difficult to understand Example: I’m afraid accountancy is a closed book to me.

Idioms about books - an open book

an open book

something or someone that is easy to know about because nothing is kept secret Example: Her life is an open book.

Idioms about books - read someone like a book

read someone like a book

to be able to understand easily what someone is thinking or feeling Example: I know what you’re thinking – I can read you like a book.

Idioms about books - the oldest trick in the book

the oldest trick in the book

a dishonest method of doing something that you know about because it has been used many times before Example: Flattery is the oldest trick in the book, so don’t fall for it!

Idioms about books - in someones good books

in someone’s good books

used for saying that someone is pleased with you Example: I’m trying to get back in her good books.

Idioms about books - by the book

by the book

correctly, following all the rules or systems for doing something in a strict way Example: He always tried to do everything by the book.

Idioms about books - bring someone to book

bring someone to book

to punish someone, or to make them explain their behavior publicly when they have done something wrong Example: If policemen have lied, then they must be brought to book.

Idioms about books - take a leaf out of someones book

take a leaf out of someone’s book

to copy what someone else does because they are successful at doing it Example: They should take a leaf out of industry’s book and pay both management and staff on results.

Idioms about books - dont judge a book by its cover

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

Idioms about books - cook the books

cook the books

to change accounts and figures dishonestly, usually in order to get money

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