cook the books

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.

Word by Word Definitions

cook play
  1. : a person who prepares food for eating

  2. : a technical or industrial process comparable to cooking food

  1. : to prepare food for eating especially by means of heat

  2. : to undergo the action of being cooked

  3. : occur, happen

book play books
  1. : a set of written sheets of skin or paper or tablets of wood or ivory

  2. : a set of written, printed, or blank sheets bound together between a front and back cover

  3. : a long written or printed literary composition

  1. : derived from books (see 1book 1) and not from practical experience

  2. : shown by ledgers

  1. : to register (something, such as a name) for some future activity or condition (as to engage transportation or reserve lodgings)

  2. : to schedule engagements for

  3. : to set aside time for


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