bad books

plural noun

Definition of bad books

: disfavor got into the president's bad books

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First Known Use of bad books

1861, in the meaning defined above

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“Bad books.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bad%20books. Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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