One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used in reference to particular expertise or proficiency in a subject, area of activity, etc.‘they actually care about the product they are making and they wrote the book on customer service’‘he pretty much writes the book on how to be perfect in the media’
- ‘He's the man who wrote the book on duplicity.’
- ‘California wrote the book on approachability.’
- ‘The way she goes on, you'd think she wrote the book on fidelity.’
- ‘Clooney plays Miles Massey, a hotshot divorce attorney who wrote the book on prenuptial agreements.’
- ‘I could write the book on rehab.’
- ‘Here were two football powers who wrote the book on heroics and football legends, rewriting it in a game and on a stage like this.’
- ‘The only thing Robert is willing to reveal about the special guest mentor is that they could "write the book on vulnerability."’
- ‘They could write the book on luxury, whether it's stays in country houses on the shores of magical lochs or voyages through the Outer Hebrides.’
- ‘I know how the whole ‘need-to-know’ system works: in fact I wrote the book on it!’
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