(to be) in someone's black books

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - in black books

"(to be) in someone's black books"

to be in someone's disfavor;

to be in trouble with someone


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - in black books

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I suppose you're in trouble now. Why were you fighting in school?

Friend 2:  When somebody insults my mother, I have no choice.

Friend 1:  You know that the principal won't accept any justification for fighting.

Friend 2:  Then I will resign myself to being in his black books for a while.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - in black books

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Did I ever make a mistake. The boss is so displeased with me.

Colleague 2:  What did you do?

Colleague 1:  I missed a deadline for a report that the boss needed for a part of her presentation to her boss.

Colleague 2:  It's no wonder you're in the black books then.


(to be) in someone's black books - Usage:


(to be) in someone's black books - Gerund Form:

Being in your local pub's black books means you won't be able to socialize there.

(to be) in someone's black books - Examples:

1)  ... missed a total of four days in two months and I already was in the boss's black books.

2)  ... distinctly remember thinking that green was still considered quite unfashionable and had been in society's black books for a long long time - since the 80's.

3)  It's a little difficult to concentrate when one knows one's in ones wife's black books.

4)  The client is unhappy, the whole team looks bad and you're in the black books.

5)  Quebec has been placed squarely in the black books as a new report decries its track record on animal protection.

6)  Nothing says marriage like a man's first night in the black books -- but let's try to avoid making it his wedding night.

7)  Indeed I find myself constantly in the black books with my wife, as I regularly use my own money to purchase articles of ...

8)  Nobody likes the feeling of being in the black books; making a mistake and hurting the one you love is never a pleasant moment.

9)  There are times you might be in someone's black books before you even know what you have done to get there.

10)  Among his first tweets was the revelation that Kate would be in William's black books when he gets back from deployment in the Falklands for revealing his name ...

11)  For a large part of last year Letwin was in his colleague's black books, who felt a natural frustration that he refused to let them make ...

12)  Husbands in the black books for forgetting their wedding anniversary, best friends falling out because of overlooked birthdays and ...

13)  If Lee was unfaithful he'd be in the black books for sure.

14)  ... his State, where the Congress is eying a comeback after six years in the black books.

15)  It's almost foreshadowing of most end results of divorces -- dad is in the black books and mom gets the kids.

16)  In the black books with your special someone? Flowers just aren't doing it?

17)  People who are in the black books don't get the same privileges as those who are not.

18)  I saw the play live that put Wright in the black books: it was during third quarter of the Wolves game on Monday when he did ...

19)  ... only way I can have this app on my phone without ending up in the black books is under the auspices of research.

20)  Tom was in the black books after he was late for dinner with his wife's parents.