make book

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to make book (third-person singular simple present makes book, present participle making book, simple past and past participle made book)

  1. (idiomatic) To gamble, either by placing or taking bets.
    • 1954, "Into the Stretch," Time, 30 Aug.:
      In the American League, front-running Cleveland was an odds-on favorite with the men who make book on baseball.
  2. (idiomatic) To be very confident.
    • 1909, Rex Ellingwood Beach, The Silver Horde, ch. 25:
      "Oh, you can make book that she didn't start no love-making. She ain't the kind to curl up in a man's ear and whisper."