book Idioms & Phrases


A B C book

  • a primer.
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absey-book

Ab"sey-book` noun

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  1. An A-B-C book; a primer. Obs. Shak.
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account book

  • noun a record in which commercial accounts are recorded
    book; account book; leger; ledger.
    • they got a subpoena to examine our books
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Ac*count" book`

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  1. A book in which accounts are kept. Swift.
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appointment book

  • noun a book containing a calendar and space to keep a record of appointments
    appointment calendar.
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bank book

Bank" book`

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  1. A book kept by a depositor, in which an officer of a bank enters the debits and credits of the depositor's account with the bank.
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bell book

  • noun a logbook in which all orders concerning the main engines of a ship are recorded
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bill book

Bill" book`

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  1. (Com.) A book in which a person keeps an account of his notes, bills, bills of exchange, etc., thus showing all that he issues and receives.
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black book

  • noun a list of people who are out of favor
    blacklist; shitlist.
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Black" book`

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  1. One of several books of a political character, published at different times and for different purposes; -- so called either from the color of the binding, or from the character of the contents.
  2. A book compiled in the twelfth century, containing a description of the court of exchequer of England, an official statement of the revenues of the crown, etc.
  3. A book containing details of the enormities practiced in the English monasteries and religious houses, compiled by order of their visitors under Henry VIII., to hasten their dissolution.
  4. A book of admiralty law, of the highest authority, compiled in the reign of Edw. III. Bouvier. Wharton.
  5. A book kept for the purpose of registering the names of persons liable to censure or punishment, as in the English universities, or the English armies.
  6. Any book which treats of necromancy.
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block book

Block" book`

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  1. A book printed from engraved wooden blocks instead of movable types.
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blue book

  • noun a report published by the British government; bound in blue
  • noun a register of persons who are socially prominent
  • noun a blue booklet used in universities for writing examinations
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Blue" book`

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  1. A parliamentary publication, so called from its blue paper covers. Eng.
  2. The United States official "Biennial Register."
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Book account

  • an account or register of debt or credit in a book.
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book agent

  • noun a book salesman
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book bag

  • noun a bag in which students carry their books
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book binding

  • noun the protective covering on the front, back, and spine of a book
    cover; binding; back.
    • the book had a leather binding
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Book debt

  • a debt for items charged to the debtor by the creditor in his book of accounts.
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book fair

  • noun fair organized by publishers or booksellers to promote the sale of books
    bookfair.
  • noun bazaar at which books are sold or auctioned off in order to raise funds for a worthy cause
    bookfair.
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book jacket

  • noun a paper jacket for a book; a jacket on which promotional information is usually printed
    dust wrapper; dust jacket; dust cover.
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Book learning

  • learning acquired from books, as distinguished from practical knowledge. "Neither does it so much require book learning and scholarship, as good natural sense, to distinguish true and false." Burnet.
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Book louse

  • noun minute wingless psocopterous insects injurious to books and papers
    Liposcelis divinatorius; booklouse; deathwatch.
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  • (Zoöl.), one of several species of minute, wingless insects injurious to books and papers. They belong to the Pseudoneuroptera.
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book lover

  • noun someone who loves (and usually collects) books
    bibliophile; booklover.
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book lung

  • noun organ in many arachnids containing many thin folds of membrane resembling the leaves of a book
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book matches

  • noun a paper match that strikes only on a specially prepared surface
    safety match.
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Book moth

  • (Zoöl.), the name of several species of moths, the larvæ of which eat books.
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book muslin

Book" mus`lin

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  1. A kind of muslin used for the covers of books.
  2. A kind of thin white muslin for ladies' dresses.
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Book oath

  • an oath made on The Book, or Bible.
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book of account

  • noun a record in which commercial accounts are recorded
    book; account book; leger; ledger.
    • they got a subpoena to examine our books
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book of amos

  • noun an Old Testament book telling Amos's prophecies
    Amos.
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book of baruch

  • noun an Apocryphal book ascribed to Baruch
    Baruch.
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book of common prayer

  • noun the Anglican service book of the Church of England; has had several revisions since the Reformation and is widely admired for the dignity and beauty of its language
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book of daniel

  • noun an Old Testament book that tells of the apocalyptic visions and the experiences of Daniel in the court of Nebuchadnezzar
    Book of Daniel; Daniel.
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book of deuteronomy

  • noun the fifth book of the Old Testament; contains a second statement of Mosaic law
    Deuteronomy.
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book of ecclesiastes

  • noun an Old Testament book consisting of reflections on the vanity of human life; is traditionally attributed to Solomon but probably was written about 250 BC
    Ecclesiastes.
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book of esther

  • noun an Old Testament book telling of a beautiful Jewess who became queen of Persia and saved her people from massacre
    Esther.
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book of exodus

  • noun the second book of the Old Testament: tells of the departure of the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt led by Moses; God gave them the Ten Commandments and the rest of Mosaic law on Mount Sinai during the Exodus
    Exodus.
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book of ezekiel

  • noun an Old Testament book containing Ezekiel's prophecies of the downfall of Jerusalem and Judah and their subsequent restoration
    Ezekiel; Ezechiel.
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book of ezra

  • noun an Old Testament book telling of a rabbi's efforts in the 5th century BC to reconstitute Jewish law and worship in Jerusalem after the Babylonian Captivity
    Ezra.
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book of facts

  • noun a book to which you can refer for authoritative facts
    book of facts; reference work; reference.
    • he contributed articles to the basic reference work on that topic
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book of genesis

  • noun the first book of the Old Testament: tells of Creation; Adam and Eve; the Fall of Man; Cain and Abel; Noah and the flood; God's covenant with Abraham; Abraham and Isaac; Jacob and Esau; Joseph and his brothers
    Genesis.
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book of habakkuk

  • noun an Old Testament book telling Habakkuk's prophecies
    Habakkuk; Habacuc.
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book of haggai

  • noun an Old Testament book telling the prophecies of Haggai which are concerned mainly with rebuilding the temples after the Babylonian Captivity
    Aggeus; Haggai.
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book of hosea

  • noun an Old Testament book telling Hosea's prophecies
    Hosea.
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book of instructions

  • noun a manual usually accompanying a technical device and explaining how to install or operate it
    instruction manual; operating instructions; instructions.
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book of isaiah

  • noun an Old Testament book consisting of Isaiah's prophecies
    Isaiah.
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book of jeremiah

  • noun a book in the Old Testament containing the oracles of the prophet Jeremiah
    Jeremiah.
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book of job

  • noun a book in the Old Testament containing Job's pleas to God about his afflictions and God's reply
    Job.
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book of joel

  • noun an Old Testament book telling Joel's prophecies
    Joel.
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book of jonah

  • noun a book in the Old Testament that tells the story of Jonah and the whale
    Jonah.
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book of joshua

  • noun a book in the Old Testament describing how Joshua led the Israelites into Canaan (the Promised Land) after the death of Moses
    Joshua; Josue.
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book of judges

  • noun a book of the Old Testament that tells the history of Israel under the leaders known as judges
    Judges.
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book of judith

  • noun an Apocryphal book telling how Judith saved her people
    Judith.
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book of knowledge

  • noun an elementary encyclopedia dealing with general knowledge
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book of lamentations

  • noun an Old Testament book lamenting the desolation of Judah after the destruction of Jerusalem in 586 BC; traditionally attributed to the prophet Jeremiah
    Lamentations.
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book of leviticus

  • noun the third book of the Old Testament; contains Levitical law and ritual precedents
    Leviticus.
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book of malachi

  • noun an Old Testament book containing the prophecies of Malachi
    Malachias; Malachi.
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book of maps

  • noun a collection of maps in book form
    atlas; map collection.
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book of micah

  • noun an Old Testament book telling the prophecies of Micah foretelling the destruction of Jerusalem
    Micheas; Micah.
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book of mormon

  • noun a sacred text revealed to Joseph Smith in 1830 by an ancient prophet Mormon; supposedly a record of ancient peoples of America translated by Joseph Smith
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book of nahum

  • noun an Old Testament book telling Nahum's prophecy of the fall of Nineveh
    Nahum.
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book of nehemiah

  • noun an Old Testament book telling how a Jewish official at the court of Artaxerxes I in 444 BC became a leader in rebuilding Jerusalem after the Babylonian Captivity
    Nehemiah.
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book of numbers

  • noun the fourth book of the Old Testament; contains a record of the number of Israelites who followed Moses out of Egypt
    Numbers.
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book of obadiah

  • noun an Old Testament book telling Obadiah's prophecies; the shortest book in the Christian Bible
    Obadiah; Abdias.
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book of proverbs

  • noun an Old Testament book consisting of proverbs from various Israeli sages (including Solomon)
    Proverbs.
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book of psalms

  • noun an Old Testament book consisting of a collection of 150 Psalms
    Psalms.
  • noun a collection of Psalms for liturgical use
    Psalter.
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book of revelation

  • noun the last book of the New Testament; contains visionary descriptions of heaven and of conflicts between good and evil and of the end of the world; attributed to Saint John the Apostle
    Revelation; Revelation of Saint John the Divine; Apocalypse.
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book of ruth

  • noun a book of the Old Testament that tells the story of Ruth who was not an Israelite but who married an Israelite and who stayed with her mother-in-law Naomi after her husband died
    Ruth.
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book of susanna

  • noun an Apocryphal book consisting of text added to the Book of Daniel
    Susanna.
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book of the prophet daniel

  • noun an Old Testament book that tells of the apocalyptic visions and the experiences of Daniel in the court of Nebuchadnezzar
    Book of Daniel; Daniel.
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book of tobit

  • noun an Apocryphal book that was a popular novel for several centuries
    Tobit.
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book of zachariah

  • noun an Old Testament book telling the prophecies of Zechariah which are concerned mainly with the renewal of Israel after the Babylonian Captivity
    Zechariah; Zacharias.
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book of zephaniah

  • noun an Old Testament book telling the prophecies of Zephaniah which are concerned mainly with the approaching judgment by God upon the sinners of Judah
    Zephaniah; Sophonias.
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Book post

  • a system under which books, bulky manuscripts, etc., may be transmitted by mail.
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book review

  • noun a critical review of a book (usually a recently published book)
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Book scorpion

  • noun minute arachnid sometimes found in old papers
    Chelifer cancroides.
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  • (Zoöl.), one of the false scorpions (Chelifer cancroides) found among books and papers. It can run sidewise and backward, and feeds on small insects.
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book seller

  • noun a dealer in books; a merchant who sells books
    bookdealer.
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Book stall

  • a stand or stall, often in the open air, for retailing books.
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book token

  • noun a gift voucher that can be exchanged for books costing up to an amount given on the voucher
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book up

  • verb book all available places or tickets
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book value

  • noun the value at which an asset is carried on a balance sheet; equals cost minus accumulated depreciation
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book-learned

Book"-learned` adjective

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  1. Versed in books; having knowledge derived from books. Often in a disparaging sense.
    Whate'er these book-learned blockheads say, Solon's the veriest fool in all the play. Dryden.
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booking agent

  • noun someone who engages a person or company for performances
    booker.
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booking clerk

  • noun someone who sells tickets (e.g., theater seats or travel accommodations)
    ticket agent.
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Book"ing clerk`

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  1. A clerk who registers passengers, baggage, etc., for conveyance, as by railway or steamship, or who sells passage tickets at a booking office.
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booking office

Book"ing of`fice

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  1. An office where passengers, baggage, etc., are registered for conveyance, as by railway or steamship.
  2. An office where passage tickets are sold. Eng.
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Canonical books

  • . See Canonical.
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Canonical books, ∨ Canonical Scriptures

  • those books which are declared by the canons of the church to be of divine inspiration; called collectively the canon. The Roman Catolic Church holds as canonical several books which Protestants reject as apocryphal.
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Check book

  • a book containing blank forms for checks upon a bank.
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closed book

  • noun something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained
    mystery; secret; enigma.
    • how it got out is a mystery
    • it remains one of nature's secrets
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coffee-table book

  • noun an elaborate oversize book suitable for displaying on a coffee table
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coloring book

  • noun a picture book with line drawings intended to be colored with crayons by children
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comic book

  • noun a magazine devoted to comic strips
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Commonplace book

  • noun a notebook in which you enter memorabilia
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  • a book in which records are made of things to be remembered.
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cookery book

  • noun a book of recipes and cooking directions
    cookbook.
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Copy book

  • a book in which copies are written or printed for learners to imitate.
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day book

  • noun the daily written record of events (as arrests) in a police station
    rap sheet; charge sheet; police blotter; blotter.
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domesday book

  • noun record of a British census and land survey in 1085-1086 ordered by William the Conqueror
    Domesday Book.
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doomsday book

  • noun record of a British census and land survey in 1085-1086 ordered by William the Conqueror
    Domesday Book.
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fake book

  • noun a fake in the form of an imitation book; used to fill bookcases of people who wish to appear scholarly
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Fly book

  • a case in the form of a book for anglers' flies. Kingsley.
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Fortune book

  • a book supposed to reveal future events to those who consult it.
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good book

  • noun the sacred writings of the Christian religions
    Christian Bible; Bible; Word; Word of God; Holy Writ; Holy Scripture; Book; Scripture.
    • he went to carry the Word to the heathen
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Hermetic books

  • . (a) Books of the Egyptians, which treat of astrology. (b) Books which treat of universal principles, of the nature and orders of celestial beings, of medicine, and other topics.
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hit the books

  • verb learn by reading books; I must hit the books now"
    study.
    • He is studying geology in his room
    • I have an exam next week
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Hymn book

  • a book containing a collection of hymns, as for use in churches; a hymnal.
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In one's books

  • in one's favor. "I was so much in his books, that at his decease he left me his lamp." Addison.
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instruction book

  • noun a book of directions for using or operating some piece of equipment
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Jest book

  • a book containing a collection of jests, jokes, and amusing anecdotes; a Joe Miller.
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Law book

  • a book containing, or treating of, laws.
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leaf-book

  • noun an unbound manuscript of some ancient classic (as distinguished from a scroll)
    codex.
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Letter book

  • a book in which copies of letters are kept.
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Log book, ∨ Logbook

  • (Naut.), a book in which is entered the daily progress of a ship at sea, as indicated by the log, with notes on the weather and incidents of the voyage; the contents of the log board.
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Mass book

  • the missal or Roman Catholic service book.
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Minute book

  • noun a book in which minutes have been written
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  • a book in which written minutes are entered.
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mug book

  • noun a file of mug shots (pictures of criminals that are kept on file by the police)
    mug file.
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Muster book

  • a book in which military forces are registred.
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news-book

News"-book` noun

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  1. A newspaper. Obs.
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Order book

  • noun a printed copy of the order of the day
    order paper.
  • noun a book in which customers' orders are entered; usually makes multiple copies of the order
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  • . (a) A merchant's book in which orders are entered. (b) (Mil.) A book kept at headquarters, in which all orders are recorded for the information of officers and men . (c) A book in the House of Commons in which proposed orders must be entered . Eng.
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Orderly book

  • (Mil.), a book for every company, in which the general and regimental orders are recorded.
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paper-back book

  • noun a book with paper covers
    paper-back book; paperback; paperback book; soft-cover book; soft-cover; softback.
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paperback book

  • noun a book with paper covers
    paper-back book; paperback; paperback book; soft-cover book; soft-cover; softback.
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Pass book

  • . (a) A book in which a trader enters articles bought on credit, and then passes or sends it to the purchaser . (b) See Bank book.
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phone book

  • noun a directory containing an alphabetical list of telephone subscribers and their telephone numbers
    phonebook; phone book; telephone directory.
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Phrase book

  • noun a book containing common expressions in a foreign language along with their translations
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  • a book of idiomatic phrases.
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picture book

  • noun a book consisting chiefly of pictures
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pocket book

  • noun pocket-sized paperback book
    pocket edition; pocketbook.
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Policy book

  • a book to contain a record of insurance policies.
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Poll book

  • a register of persons entitled to vote at an election.
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pop-up book

  • noun a book (usually for children) that contains one or more pages such that a three-dimensional structure rises up when a page is opened
    pop-up.
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Prayer book

  • noun a book containing prayers
    prayerbook.
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  • a book containing devotional prayers.
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prompt-book

Prompt"-book` noun

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  1. The book used by a prompter of a theater.
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Reading book

  • a book for teaching reading; a reader.
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record book

  • noun a compilation of the known facts regarding something or someone
    record; book.
    • Al Smith used to say, `Let's look at the record'
    • his name is in all the record books
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Red book

  • a book containing the names of all the persons in the service of the state. Eng.
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Red book of the Exchequer

  • an ancient record in which are registered the names of all that held lands per baroniam in the time of Henry II. Brande & C.
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reference book

  • noun a book to which you can refer for authoritative facts
    book of facts; reference work; reference.
    • he contributed articles to the basic reference work on that topic
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Road book

  • a quidebook in respect to roads and distances.
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rule book

  • noun a collection of rules or prescribed standards on the basis of which decisions are made
    book.
    • they run things by the book around here
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sapiential book

  • noun any of the biblical books (Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Wisdom of Solomon, Ecclesiasticus) that are considered to contain wisdom
    wisdom literature; sapiential book.
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Service book

  • noun a book setting forth the forms of church service
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  • a prayer book or missal.
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Sibylline books

  • . (a) (Rom. Antiq.) Books or documents of prophecies in verse concerning the fate of the Roman empire, said to have been purchased by Tarquin the Proud from a sibyl. (b) Certain Jewish and early Christian writings purporting to have been prophetic and of sibylline origin. They date from 100 b. c. to a. d. 500.
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Singing book

  • a book containing music for singing; a book of tunes.
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soft-cover book

  • noun a book with paper covers
    paper-back book; paperback; paperback book; soft-cover book; soft-cover; softback.
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softback book

  • noun a book with paper covers
    paper-back book; paperback; paperback book; soft-cover book; soft-cover; softback.
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source book

  • noun a collection of historically important documents published together as a book
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Spelling book

  • a book with exercises for teaching children to spell; a speller.
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Sporting book

  • a book containing a record of bets, gambling operations, and the like. C. Kingsley.
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Statute book

  • noun a record of the whole body of legislation in a given jurisdiction
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  • a record of laws or legislative acts. Blackstone.
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Tales book

  • a book containing the names of such as are admitted of the tales. Blount. Craig.
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talking book

  • noun sound recording of someone reading a book; frequently used by blind people
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telephone book

  • noun a directory containing an alphabetical list of telephone subscribers and their telephone numbers
    phonebook; phone book; telephone directory.
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text-book

Text"-book` noun

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  1. A book with wide spaces between the lines, to give room for notes.
  2. A volume, as of some classical author, on which a teacher lectures or comments; hence, any manual of instruction; a schoolbook.
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The Book of Books

  • the Bible.
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ticket book

  • noun a book of tickets that can be torn out and used
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Time book

  • a book in which is kept a record of the time persons have worked.
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To bring to book

  • . (a) To compel to give an account. (b) To compare with an admitted authority. "To bring it manifestly to book is impossible." M. Arnold.
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To course by bell, book, and candle

  • . See under Bell.
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To curse by bell, book, and candle

  • a solemn form of excommunication used in the Roman Catholic church, the bell being tolled, the book of offices for the purpose being used, and three candles being extinguished with certain ceremonies. Nares.
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To curse by bell, book and candle

  • . See under Bell.
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To make a book

  • (Horse Racing), to lay bets (recorded in a pocket book) against the success of every horse, so that the bookmaker wins on all the unsuccessful horses and loses only on the winning horse or horses.
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To speak by the book

  • to speak with minute exactness.
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trade book

  • noun a book intended for general readership
    trade edition.
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Visiting book

  • a book in which a record of visits received, made, and to be made, is kept. Thackeray.
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white book

  • noun a government report; bound in white
    white paper.
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wisdom book

  • noun any of the biblical books (Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Wisdom of Solomon, Ecclesiasticus) that are considered to contain wisdom
    wisdom literature; sapiential book.
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Without book

  • . (a) By memory. (b) Without authority.
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Writing book

  • a book for practice in penmanship.
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