- the customers served by each registered representative in a brokerage house.
- a loose-leaf binder kept by a specialist to record orders to buy and sell stock at specified prices.
- a set of rules, conventions, or standards: The solution was not according to the book but it served the purpose.
- the telephone book: I've looked him up, but he's not in the book.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to study hard, as a student before an exam: He left the party early to book.
- to leave; depart: I'm bored with this party, let's book.
- to work as a bookmaker: He started a restaurant with money he got from booking.
Words nearby book
Idioms for book
- to accept or place the bets of others, as on horse races, especially as a business.
- to wager; bet: You can make book on it that he won't arrive in time.
- to sentence (an offender, lawbreaker, etc.) to the maximum penalties for all charges against that person.
- to punish or chide severely.
- from memory.
- without authority: to punish without book.
Origin of book
OTHER WORDS FROM book
British Dictionary definitions for by the book
- a written work or composition, such as a novel, technical manual, or dictionary
- (as modifier)the book trade; book reviews
- (in combination)bookseller; bookshop; bookshelf; bookrack
- enrolled as a member
- registered or recorded
- to charge with every relevant offence
- to inflict the most severe punishment on
Word Origin for book
Culture definitions for by the book
According to established rules: “The inspector will be visiting the factory today, so let's make sure we do everything by the book.”
Idioms and Phrases with by the book (1 of 2)
Strictly according to the rules, as in Our trip leader is going by the book, allowing us to wander off only for short periods. Shakespeare already used the term figuratively in Romeo and Juliet (1:5): “You kiss by the book.” Also see by the numbers.
Idioms and Phrases with by the book (2 of 2)
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.