- something that is not known or cannot be understood; a mystery or puzzle: Abstract art is a closed book as far as I'm concerned.
Origin of closed book
First recorded in 1910–15
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Related Words for closed bookriddle, conundrum, subtlety, question, enigma, secrecy, problem, thriller, mystery, dilemma, puzzle, quandary, complexity, teaser, puzzlement, mystification, perplexity, stickler, cliffhanger, twister
- something deemed unknown or incapable of being understood
- a matter that has been finally concluded and admits of no further consideration
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