1 (Accounting ) (also account books)
the written record of the financial affairs of a business:
People who run their own business often do the books themselves.
a bid to balance the books
The bank is aiming to clear all bad loans off its books over the next year.
❖ to audit/do/keep the books
◆ to balance the books
a record of the customers, orders and stock that a company has:
There are no other large orders on the books.
They found they had a lot more old stock on the books than previously thought.
⇨ BOOK noun (3)
cook the books (
to put false information in a company's accounts:
The books were cooked to make profits seem much higher than they were.
(be) on sb's books (HR )
(to be) on an organization's list, for example the list of people who work for a company, or a list of people who are available for a particular type of work:
It's the largest security firm in the UK with 10 000 staff on its books.
The agency have no Spanish-speaking secretaries on their books at the moment.
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- the police seized various books and tapes.
- her books have gone off in recent years.
- her brother shut himself up among books.
- you can read this book in one sitting.
- the book does not say where he was born.