1. to write in a book.
(a) to take a private bet, which is written down in one’s betting book.
|General Bounce (1891) 155: It was no doubt esteemed a ‘sporting offer,’ not that Oberson seems to have been man enough to ‘book it.’.|
|Hard Candy (1990) 162: We’d booked twenty cartons of cigarettes against a hundred that Dayton wouldn’t outlive Wesley.|
(b) to wager outside a sporting context.
|Comic Songs 21: All at once the tail fell down / And spilt us in the road [...] We book’d ourselves for dead.‘Fairlop Fair’|
|Sir, You Bastard 90: I’m booking it that he’ll collect it on his way to work.|
|You Flash Bastard 212: Maybe your not as smart as I booked you to be. You must think I’m a bit simple. I was pulling your sort of strokes when I was a TDC, and getting away with them.|
(c) to pay out bets.
|Post to Finish I 16: I got twenty-eight pound to two from one of those ready-money men, and he booked up like a gentleman as soon as the race was over.|
(d) to work as a bookmaker; to take bets; thus booking n.
|Philosophy of Johnny the Gent 86: ‘Y’see the punk in [sic] bookin’ fer a bankroll guy that’s all right, but the Wise Cracker tells him to hold out the bet himself, fer the horse ain’t got no chance’.|
|Old Man Curry 88: Regulator, 8 to 5 – Holy Moses! What kind of booking is this, anyway?‘By a Hair’ in|
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 127: If you gentlemen wish to bet on these races I will gladly book to you.‘The Snatching of Bookie Bob’ in|
|(con. 1920s) Hoods (1953) 246: We do shylocking, and a little booking there – horses and numbers.|
|On the Yard (2002) 85: Chilly was beginning to take a few bets. He was currently booking football.|
|Carlito’s Way 9: Jakie used to book out of a candy store on 108th Street.|
|Muscle for the Wing 104: Your daddy used to book bets for me, Detective.|
|At End of Day (2001) 161: Say the financial district — sports bookin’, loan-sharkin’, some fencin’.|
(e) to arrest, to write down in a police charge book.
|‘Nocturnal Sports’ in Universal Songster II 180/2: The vatch [...] booked us for a night’s lodging in the nab crib.|
|Leamington Spa Courier 4 Aug. 4/5: Take my advice quit the Voil [...] you are to a dead certainty Book’d.|
|Magistrate’s Assistant (3rd edn) 446: Booked, caught, taken, or disposed of.|
|Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 158/1: Where under the sun ’ave you all been this last hunder years. Perish me, if I didn’t think you were all ‘boked’ [sic] by this time.|
|Spoilers 250: It’s a red ’ot trail this time an’ I’m booked.|
|Man’s Grim Justice 16: The big, red-faced Irish cop [...] ‘booked’ me (put down my name and address).|
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 102: Regret is being booked in the jailhouse.‘The Bloodhounds of Broadway’ in|
|Really the Blues 33: We were booked at the police station house.|
|Golden Spike 239: At the precinct station, they were booked, fingerprinted, and questioned again.|
|Panic in Needle Park (1971) 149: Or maybe the narco can get them cut loose before they’re booked.|
|Dead Butler Caper 22: Us’ll not book you for having worn tyres, zur.|
|In La-La Land We Trust (1999) 42: They didn’t book you on drunk driving?|
|Homeboy 173: Soon as I finished booking you, I had these compared with slips seized around town by Vice.|
|Robbers (2001) 215: All right, Hank, book ’er.|
|Rough Riders 112: We’re still booking his wife when she gets out.|
2. to look at a book.
(a) to look at, to examine.
|Life in London (1869) 276: A large kettle, boiling at the spout, was speedily introduced, but, instead of water, read boiling Daffy. The assumed gravity of Bob’s mug upon playing off this trick was quite a treat; but I am happy to say Crooky booked it.|
|Adventures of Mr Verdant Green (1982) II 239: You twitch up the cuff of your coat, quite accidentally, and then you book your king.|
|‘Sl. of Watts’ in Current Sl. III:2 11: Book, v. To look at.|
(b) (US campus, also book ass, book it, book tits, book up) to study assiduously; thus booking n., studying.
|AS XXXVIII:3 167: To study extremely diligently for an examination: book it.‘Kansas University Sl.: A New Generation’ in|
|CUSS 86: Book ass [...] Book tits Work (study) hard and concentratedly.et al.|
|Current Sl. V:1 19: Book it, v. To study.|
|AS L:1/2 56: book up vi Study.‘Razorback Sl.’ in|
|Campus Sl. Nov. 1: book – to study for classes: Did you book last night? [...] book it – to study a great deal.|
|What’s The Good Word? 301: New terms for ‘cramming’ are ‘shedding’ (from ‘woodshed’), ‘speeding,’ and ‘heavy booking’ or ‘mega-booking.’.|
|Breaks 75: I’ll be bookin’ all day. I’ll show you the law school.|
|Campus Sl. Oct. 2: book it – study.|
see under joint n.
SE in slang uses
|Jorrocks Jaunts (1874) 240: But you’re looking fresh. Time lays a light hand on your bearing-reins! I hope it will be long ere you are booked by the Gravesend Buss.|