to throw the book at someone = to be punished or criticized by someone who has authority over you

When my father realised I had taken his car and damaged it, he threw the book at me.



to speak volumes = to make the situation clear without words

The expression on her face spoke volumes about her feelings.

The atmosphere in the room spoke volumes about the fight they had just had.



to turn over a new leaf = to make a fresh start

Many people plan to turn over a new leaf on the first day of the new year, and all of them get back to their old lifestyle within the first month.



to be in someone’s good books = someone is pleased with me

My son got 2 fives in English, so he’s in my good books. (I’m pleased with him).



to do something by the book = to do something following the rules exactly

I’m not the one to follow recipes by the book. I like doing experiments.

When I drive, I don’t always do it be the book. Sometimes I exceed the speed limit.



He’s a bookworm. = He likes reading.

He’s such a bookworm, he reads even at sports events!



to hit the books = to start studying (AmE)

Isn’t it time for you to hit the books?



the oldest trick in the book = a way of tricking someone which is still effective although it has been used a lot before

—        What was you chat-up line?

—        “It seems we’ve met before.” The oldest trick in the book, but it worked.



to read someone like a book = to see through someone, to understand someone very well

Don’t try to play your tricks with me, I can read you like a book.



to be book-smart = intelligent and very well educated academically, but lacking practical skills  (AmE)

Sure thing you are book-smart, but it wouldn’t harm you to learn how to make an omelette.



to read between the lines = to understand the hidden message

I dropped a hint that I wanted to be left alone, but Mary obviously is not good at reading between the lines.



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