Definition of in someone's bad (or good) books in English:

in someone's bad (or good) books


  • In disfavour (or favour) with someone.

    ‘you could say he is in my bad books’
    • ‘They say: ‘Let's try and be in their good books.’’
    • ‘Jon defended me gallantly, earning him a little tick in my good books.’
    • ‘Apparently all the folk in Deerness had heard of my good deed, and that seems to have put me in their good books.’
    • ‘He's back in their good books, so his odds remain long.’
    • ‘After half-an-hour of this taunting and torture, the only place his men would have been was in his bad books.’
    • ‘And since she answered my silly questions with patience and saccharine sweetness, she is in my good books.’
    • ‘Ministers and officials in the state see to it that they stay in their good books.’
    • ‘I still didn't think it would be a good idea to go by there alone - especially since I was now in his bad books.’
    • ‘The matron, who was in charge of us, was a formidable figure and you didn't want to get in her bad books.’
    • ‘She's a terrible snob and I'm sure she's only inviting you because it's the done thing and she wants to be polite as well as keep in my good books.’
    in favour, popular, friendly, friends
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