Catch Word #177 – Cook the books

Using idioms properly can really help your spoken English sound natural. So join Andrew and Suzanne as they describe how to use two fun idioms: by the book and cook the books!

Fun facts

The English language includes a multitude of idioms, or expressions that have different meanings from the literal meanings of the words used in them. Interestingly, it is very common for Canadians to blend two idioms together when speaking. For instance, wake up and smell the roses is a mix of wake up and smell the coffee and stop and smell the roses.

Expressions included in the learning materials

  • By the book
  • To cook the books
  • To a tee
  • A fib
  • The jitters
  • Wiggle room

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