book learning

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book learning (uncountable)

  1. Alternative form of book-learning
    • 1892, Mark Twain, The American Claimant, ch. 11:
      What you needed, I reckon, was less book learning and more bread-and-butter learning.
    • 2005, Alexandra Mullen, "Book Review: Harry, Conquering Hero," New York Sun, 18 July (retrieved 31 Aug. 2010):
      Harry's education has included book learning and practical learning, but he's been absorbing the lessons of the heart as well—kindness, courage, loyalty, and the virtue that Dumbledore places above all others: love.