Green’s Dictionary of Slang

book v.1

1. to write in a book.

(a) [mid-19C] to take a private bet, which is written down in one’s betting book.

(b) [mid-19C+] to wager outside a sporting context.

(c) [late 19C] to pay out bets.

(d) [late 19C+] to work as a bookmaker; to take bets; thus booking n.

(e) [mid-19C+] to arrest, to write down in a police charge book.

2. to look at a book.

(a) [19C+] to look at, to examine.

(b) [1960s+] (US campus, also book ass, book it, book tits, book up) to study assiduously; thus booking n., studying.

In phrases

SE in slang uses

In phrases

booked by the Gravesend bus (adj.) [pun on placename/SE grave + end = death]

[mid-19C] dead.