black book

noun

Definition of black book 

1 : a book containing a blacklist

2 : an address book containing especially the names of multiple romantic partners usually used in the phrase little black book It also explores Carla's knack for finding her way into the insular and disparate worlds of fashion, rock and roll (and Mick Jagger's little black book) … .— Tracy McNicoll

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Before the iPhone, his contacts were a black book housed in a waterproof pouch stored in a wall safe in his Cheers office. Steve Rushin, SI.com, "How the World Has Changed in the 25 Years Since the Final Cheers Episode," 22 May 2018 This is a pitch-black book, with infanticide, suicide, rape and any number of other dark subjects playing a prominent part. Will Nevin, OregonLive.com, "TBT #36.2: Secrets of Atlantis, mysteries of space and parade of horrors coming up in AfterShock Comics," 2 May 2018 Here’s how Kashmir Hill described the value of these connections in a great piece for Gizmodo late last year: With its vast, hidden black book, Facebook can go beyond simply matching you directly with someone else who has your contact information. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "This is how Facebook collects data on you even if you don’t have an account," 20 Apr. 2018 Their little black book of political donees is Old Testament-thick. Ian Graber-stiehl, The Root, "Eau de Bull, Again: Good Ole Boys Have ‘No Concerns About Anything Inappropriate’ in Environmental-Racism Case," 11 Apr. 2018 Among the items that investigators found in the BMW after it was abandoned by Milanez: a black book ledger, a black plastic cup with scale, plastic baggies, and live and spent rounds. Katy Moeller, idahostatesman, "Ada Metro SWAT feared police-shooting suspect had grenades, will to kill cops," 24 Jan. 2018 Here, some of the best (and busiest) dermatologists in New York open up their black book of beauty secrets to help keep your skin on track this season. Chloe Atkins, Vogue, "These 5 Dermatologist-Approved Serums Are the Ticket to Better, Brighter Skin," 26 Oct. 2017 If David ever felt that someone had crossed him, that person would go into his black book forever. Ron Miscavige, Esquire, "What I Know About Scientology, and My Son, David Miscavige," 3 May 2016

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1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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