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book, the

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book, the

noun phrase

  1. A life sentence to prison (1920s+ Underworld)
  2. Instructions or conventional wisdom about someone's performance; form: The ''book'' on this player was to leave him alone, treat him politely, and pick him up if you happened to block him (1950s+)

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throw the book at someone

[first sense fr throw the book at someone; second sense fr the accumulated knowledge about horses and jockeys that gamblers study]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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