wrote the book on


Knows nearly everything about, as in Ask Dr. Lock; he wrote the book on pediatric cardiology, or I wrote the book on job-hunting; I've been looking for two years. This expression is always put in the past tense. [Colloquial; second half of 1900s]

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“Compliment” and “complement” had a shared meaning a long time ago, but today they are no longer interchangeable.

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