Definition of cook the books in English:

cook the books

phrase

informal
  • Alter facts or figures dishonestly or illegally.

    ‘he was an accountant, he could have cooked the books and made himself a lot more money’
    • ‘‘The fact is, it is too easy to cook the books if there is no regulatory structure to check it,’ he said.’
    • ‘Even his enemies find it hard not to admire the skill with which he cooks the books.’
    • ‘He, or rather those cooking the books for him, attempts to scare us with projections that the Social Security trust fund will begin to run deficits thirty-eight years from now.’
    • ‘These people who have succumbed to the temptations of cooking the books and just become greedy at the expense of the people who trusted them - there's no excuse for that.’
    • ‘He has largely done it, because he claims insurance companies, with the collusion of regulators, have been cooking the books for years.’
    • ‘And while it is very difficult for investors to know if a company is cooking the books until it's too late, they don't have to be completely in the dark about questionable management activities and dealings.’
    • ‘But in the cases that we refer to the criminal authorities, it is pretty clear that these are people who were deliberately and knowingly cooking the books.’
    • ‘Certainly, none of these CEOs has been accused of looting the company or cooking the books.’
    • ‘Does he engage in dishonest schemes such as cooking the books?’
    • ‘But then analysts stepped in and said, in effect, ‘We know the company and it's not cooking the books.’’
    • ‘My administration will do everything in its power to end the days of cooking the books and shading the truth and breaking our laws.’
    • ‘He was a crook who absolutely cooked the books to hide his crimes.’
    • ‘Yes, I mean, Martha was not a white-collar criminal raiding a corporate community chest, cooking the books.’
    • ‘Historical fact is one thing, but cooking the books where science is concerned is another altogether.’
    • ‘The effects were caused, however, by the crooks who cooked the books.’
    • ‘This procedure tells the students that the teacher is more than likely to be a cheat and a sneak, who will cook the books if given a chance.’
    • ‘When a company cooks the books, its best bet is to come clean itself.’
    • ‘‘Tanning salons are an extremely popular way to clean up dirty money because there is a lot of potential for cooking the books,’ said one former member of the Scottish Crime Squad.’
    • ‘The guidelines, created by the government in 1991, instruct federal judges on how to punish organizations guilty of crimes such as fraud, polluting, and cooking the books.’
    • ‘But stakeholders in government (the citizens) don't see a correspondingly immediate and painful financial consequence when their government cooks the books.’
    falsify, manipulate, massage, rig, distort, pervert, misrepresent, juggle, doctor, alter, tamper with, interfere with
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