in the bad books

in the bad books
or, in someone’s bad books

Meaning

  • out of favour
  • to be in disgrace
  • in a situation when someone is disliked
  • in a state in which one is mistreated
  • If you are in someone’s bad books, they are angry with you.

Example Sentences

  1. Maria remains in his bad books after the argument between both.
  2. My son was in everyone’s bad books right from the first day of school.
  3. Jenny is in the bad books of the team because of her bad behaviour.
  4. I littered the house with rubbish yesterday. Therefore I’m in Mom’s bad books now.
  5. John does something stupid, and now he’s in my bad books.
  6. Emma never likes to do anything wrong or be in your bad books.
  7. I don’t want to look like a stalker in your eyes or don’t want to be in your bad books.

Origin

Even before Middle Ages, books are being used to keep the identity and reckoning of a person. And the phrase “out of someone’s books” has been in vogue since then, which means to get out of someone’s life.

The phrase “out of someone’s books” is pretty ancient and recorded figuratively in 1509, The Parlyament of Deuylles, that reads:

“He is out of our bokes, and we out of his.”

The term “bad books” originated a little later, and the earliest printed record can be traced back to 1861 in Perry’s History of the Church of England:

“The Arminians, who at that time were in his bad books.”

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