Nearby words

  1. boogieman,
  2. boohai,
  3. boohoo,
  4. boojie,
  5. boojum tree,
  6. book bag,
  7. book burning,
  8. book club,
  9. book clubs,
  10. book end

Idioms

Origin of book

before 900; Middle English, Old English bōc; cognate with Dutch boek, Old Norse bōk, German Buch; akin to Gothic boka letter (of the alphabet) and not of known relation to beech, as is often assumed

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British Dictionary definitions for bring to book

book

/ (bʊk) /

noun

verb


Word Origin for book

Old English bōc; related to Old Norse bōk, Old High German buoh book, Gothic bōka letter; see beech (the bark of which was used as a writing surface)

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Word Origin and History for bring to book
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Idioms and Phrases with bring to book

bring to book

Call to account, investigate. For example, He was acquitted, but one day soon he'll be brought to book, or As for your records, the IRS is sure to bring you to book concerning your tax deductions. This term uses book in the sense of “a written record,” such as an account book or ledger. [c. 1800]

book

see balance the books; black book; bring to book; by the book; closed book; close the books; cook the books; crack a book; hit the books; in one's book; in someone's bad graces (books); judge a book by its cover; know like a book; make book; nose in a book; one for the books; open book; take a leaf out of someone's book; throw the book at; wrote the book on.

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