1. A closed book
"As far as I am concerned, that matter with the council is a closed book"
"I have never been able to work or communicate with John. He is a closed book"
2. An open book
"Julia's life is like an open book. You always know what she's up to".
3. Read someone like a book
"I can read Angela like a book. I always know what she's thinking and what she's about to say at meetings."
4. The oldest trick in the book
"It was the oldest trick in the book – one man distracted me while another stole my wallet. I can't believe I fell for it."
5. In someone's good/bad books
"Tommy has been on his best behavior today. After yesterday's tantrums, he's been doing his best to be in my good books all day."
6. By the book
"We're not going to leave things to chance.We're going to run this company by the book."
7. To bring someone to book
"I had to bring Tom to book after our meeting. He shouldn't have lost his temper at Bridget".
8. Take a leaf out of someone's book
"You should take a leaf out of Keith's book. He has achieved wonders with those children".
9. Don't judge a book by its cover
"When I first met Charlotte she had had a really tough two weeks and wasn't in the mood for chatting and appeared very moody and unsociable. She is not at all like that. One should never judge a book by its cover".
10. Cook the books
"It appears that Stanley had been cooking the books for years. He was finally caught last year."