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A subject or person about which one knows nothing:‘accounting has always been a closed book to me’
puzzle, enigma, conundrum, riddle, secret, unsolved problem, problem, question, question mark, closed bookView synonyms
- ‘Deadly to explorers, inhospitable to even the mightiest ships and scientific techniques, the vast Southern Ocean has been a closed book to oceanographers until recently.’
- ‘She explained: ‘I still think to this day that there is more to it than what came out but you are dealing with the army and it is a closed book.’’
- ‘Publicly men of the left, their private lives were something of a closed book, entry to which was rarely granted.’
- ‘But the whole sweep of history is to her as a closed book.’
- ‘The political parties are closed books as far as the majority is concerned.’
- ‘Parker remained a closed book to me for some time.’
- ‘Just how unscrupulous few will ever know, since the murky world of politics is a closed book to most outside observers.’
- ‘Hunting, shooting and fishing were a closed book to him along with horse-racing, cricket and sport of any kind, but he would play an occasional game of billiards.’
- ‘But when it comes to his emotional life, this period is a closed book.’
- ‘I don't like it, and though I don't consider myself a public person, there is no aspect of my life that is a closed book.’
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