book off


booked off; booking off; books off

intransitive verb

chiefly Canada
: to notify an employer that one is not reporting for work (as because of sickness)

Examples of book off in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web More than 1,600 of those book banning attempts took place in Escambia County Public Schools, which is currently being sued by book publisher Penguin Random House, authors and PEN America for removing hundreds of books off shelves for review. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 18 Apr. 2024 Of those books, 40% of the bans occur in Florida school districts, with 1,406 books off the shelf. Kalia Richardson, Rolling Stone, 13 Nov. 2023 Inside, parents and students traded perspectives over the district’s new approach to taking books off school library shelves during the public comment period. Dillon Mullan, Baltimore Sun, 13 Sep. 2023 Texas has banned the teaching of critical race theory, and nationwide, libraries are pulling books off the shelves that contain diverse characters. Emmanuel Felton, Washington Post, 9 Sep. 2023 For the first time in history, a blind person could pull a book off the shelf—[not just what's] printed in a specialized typeface designed in a [computer science] lab but any old book in the library. IEEE Spectrum, 1 Aug. 2023 While neither Florida Department of Education nor the governor's office have called for any bans on books, the complaints have some districts preemptively pulling books off of shelves, even during the review process, to err on the side caution. Douglas Soule, USA TODAY, 21 June 2023 The Canby School District will not alter its decision to pull 36 books off school library shelves despite community pushback, a spokeswoman says. oregonlive, 15 Apr. 2023 The rhetoric aligns with a broader Republican push in Texas to pull books off public library shelves that center LGBTQ perspectives and to restrict how public school teachers can talk about race. Allie Morris, Dallas News, 6 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1958, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of book off was in 1958

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“Book off.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2024.

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