on the books

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Compare books (accounting records).

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on the books

  1. Contained in an official list (of members, employees, clients, projects etc.).
    • 2020 May 14, “The pandemic has spawned a new way to study medical records”, in The Economist[1]:
      The research was carried out by studying the medical records of some 17m people on the books of GPs in England and the 5,683 covid-attributable deaths therein.
    • 2020 September 4, Luke McLaughlin, “Football transfer rumours: Felipe Anderson in, Sokratis out at Arsenal?”, in The Guardian[2]:
      In a final Italian-themed story, a host of Premier League clubs including Crystal Palace, West Ham, West Brom, plus the Championship pair Norwich and Watford, are being linked with a swoop for the French defender Jean-Claude Billong – who is on the books at Salernitana in Serie B.
    • 2021 January 22, Joe Brennan, “Has Eddie O’Connor underestimated the value of his €1bn baby?”, in The Irish Times[3]:
      This forced the company to focus on developing advanced projects on its books. And fast. All too often, it ended up selling out at an early stage just to get money in to keep the show on the road.
  2. Recorded or registered, especially in an official or definitive manner.
    • 2010, Larry Stettner, Bill Morrison, Cooking for the Common Good: The Birth of a Natural Foods Soup Kitchen, Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, →ISBN, page 133:
      The event was free, but there was a donation bowl for those who wanted to contribute and it was pretty packed with greenbacks. The first community soup event was on the books now.
    • 2020 June 8, Ben Sisario, “Lady Gaga’s ‘Chromatica’ Is Her Sixth No. 1 Album”, in The New York Times[4]:
      “Chromatica” has become Lady Gaga’s sixth No. 1 album, with the equivalent of 274,000 sales in the United States, according to data from Nielsen Music. [] A six-date stadium tour is on the books for this summer, although, like most tours nowadays, it is unclear whether it will go forward as planned.
    1. (business, accounting) Officially recorded in the financial records of a company or organization.
      • 1908, Jack London, The Iron Heel, ch. 11:
        Promptly came the reply that there was no record on the books of father's owning any stock.
      • 1999 October 17, Karl Taro Greenfeld, "Mattel: Some (Re)Assembly Required," Time:
        The immediate problem was $100 million in inventory, which Mattel thought had been sold, that mysteriously reappeared on the books at Learning Co. Oops.
    2. (law) Officially recorded in the lawbooks; having the force of enacted law.
      • 2009 Sept. 28, Gaëlle Faure, "Why Doctors Are Giving Heroin to Heroin Addicts," Time:
        Britain already has heroin on the books as a medication.
      • 2012 Dec. 20, Ethan Bronner, "Use of Death Sentences Continues to Fall in U.S.," New York Times (retrieved 20 March 2013):
        While a majority of states — 33 — still have the death penalty on the books, that number has also been on the decline.
      • 2017 November 17, Richard Ackland, “Erasing modern slavery is a slow process, but it catches on in Australia”, in The Guardian[5]:
        There are a lot of battlements to breach before a national Human Rights Act is on the books. Nonetheless, there is movement at the station and a relatively unnoticed but important step is in the hands of a multi-party, joint parliamentary committee looking at combatting slavery.

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