Read Someone Like a Book

Meaning of Idiom ‘To Read Someone Like a Book’ To (be able to) read someone like a book means to understand someone completely and to be able to discern their thoughts, emotions, character, motives, desires, etc. 1Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms. Ware: Wordsworth, 1995.,2Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.,3Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary … Read more

Open Book, an

Meaning of Idiom ‘An Open Book’ An open book is someone or something that is easy to understand or interpret; clear; straightforward; easy to solve; an honest and frank person. 1Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms. Ware: Wordsworth, 1995.,2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,3Jarvie, Gordon. Bloomsbury Dictionary of Idioms. London: Bloomsbury, 2009. See … Read more

Closed Book, a

Meaning of Idiom ‘A Closed Book’ A closed book is someone or something about which you know nothing or which you do not understand; a secret or mystery; a subject that someone does not want to talk about or be asked about. 1Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.,2Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth Dictionary of … Read more

Can’t (or don’t) Judge a Book by Its Cover

Also: Don’t judge a book by its cover Meaning of Idiom ‘You Can’t Judge a Book by Its Cover’ You can’t judge a book by its cover means you should not make decisions or form opinions based solely on outward appearance without knowing more about someone or something. Usage Both variants, using can’t and don’t are common. Examples Of Use … Read more

By the Book

Meaning of Idiom ‘By the Book’ When something is done by the book it is done strictly according to the existing rules, regulations, or laws. Usage “The detective had always done things by the book, but for this case, he had to throw the book away.” “He doesn’t do everything by the book, but he gets results.” … Read more