Book idioms

Posted on October 11, 2012



Usually the smartest guy in your class (a nerd). Someone who likes reading and polishing his glasses more than partying.

Hit the books

When you hit the books, you realize that it’s time to stop watching TV and start studying harder.

Crack a book

Often use with a negative. In other words: to open a book.

Throw the books at someone

A book implies a law. It means that “throw the books at someone” is to remind him rules.

On the books

Relating to the previous idiom. If someone says it’s “on the books”, he might be talking about his favorite book(s) as well as law.

One for the books

Something unexpected and special that worth a mention. E.g, after 18 years he is outside again. That really is one for the books!

Don’t judge a book by its cover

If ones is not familiar with the Twilight saga, for instance, he might think that he is dealing with a book about cooking. Next time, don’t judge a book by its cover!

Be an open book

In order to convey feeling and thoughts, some actors or actress are very expressive. Their faces are like “an open book”, well and easily read.

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