a book of names of people liable to censure or punishment.
Idioms about black book
in someone's black books, in disfavor with someone.
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How to use black book in a sentence
As for Carice, she has always been in the forefront of our minds, ever since we saw black book five years ago.
She is nominated for Independent Spirit awards, celebrated in non-supermarket magazines like Interview and black book.Sofia Coppola's Somewhere: Boring Rich People in Hotels | Richard Rushfield | December 23, 2010 | THE DAILY BEAST
He has written for New York, The Advocate, Out, black book, and Highlights for Children.
He has written for New York, The Advocate, Out, black book and Highlights for Children.
Louis went down to the telephones, used one after consulting a little black book.
Mr. Demise took it in his left hand and Reggie deftly plucked the black book from his right hand.Death Makes A Mistake | P.F. Costello
He drew from his inside coat pocket a slim black book which he opened to the first page.Death Makes A Mistake | P.F. Costello
Pippin took the fat black book from the little light-stand beside the bed.Pippin; A Wandering Flame | Laura E. Richards
The black book of Hamilton makes mention of great vassalage done at that time by the Governor and the French.
British Dictionary definitions for black book
a book containing the names of people to be punished, blacklisted, etc
in someone's black books informal out of favour with someone
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Other Idioms and Phrases with black book
A list of persons or things out of favor, as in Tom's in my black book these days. This usage dates from the 14th century and in time became more ominous. In 1536 the agents of King Henry VIII wrote in a black book the names of those to be censured or punished, specifically “sinful” English monasteries (whose lands Henry wanted to acquire). Today being in someone's black book still signifies being in trouble, at least with that person. Also see black list.
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