cook the books

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Definition of cook the books

informal
: to dishonestly change official records of how much money was spent and received They cooked the books to drive up the company's stock prices.

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“Cook the books.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cook%20the%20books. Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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