Idioms from Book
Each example below contains an
idiom with the word "book". Can you guess the meaning of each
idiom from the context? Try to match each idiom (1-6) with its
I'm in big trouble. I have three exams
tomorrow but I haven't cracked a book
One of my hobbies is reading. I am quite
a book worm. I usually read one
book a week.
I know when you are happy and when you are
sad. I can
read you like a book.
I have no idea what "metaphysics" is all
about. It is
a closed book to me.
John likes to read. Whenever he has
has his nose in a book.
When it comes to meeting new girlfriends, Joe
every trick in the book.
1. to crack a book
to know exactly what the
person is feeling or thinking without having to ask
2. a book worm
every clever or dishonest way to do or get
something that you want
3. read someone like a book
something that you don't know or understand at
4. a closed book
someone who reads a lot
5. to have your nose in a book
to be reading
6. every trick in the book
to open a book in order to study
Hana likes to read. She
always has her nose in a
Complete the dialogs with an
appropriate idiom or part of an idiom:
1. A: Why are you so upset?
B: How do you
know I'm upset?
A: Come on!
I'm your father. I can read you
2. A: I don't know how to attract
more customers to my store.
B: Why don't
you ask David? He knows
in the book when it comes to attracting new
A: Good idea!
3. A: Want to see a movie tonight?
B: No. I
have an exam tomorrow but I haven't
yet. I think I'd better stay in and
4. A: Do you know anything about
5. A: It seems that whenever I see
you, you have got
B: Yes. I
A: How many
books do you read a month?
B: Oh... about
through and through!
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