One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
In disfavour (or favour) with someone.‘you could say he is in my bad books’
in favour, popular, friendly, friendsView synonyms
- ‘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.’
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