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English definition of “cook”

cook

verb [T]     /kʊk/
cook the books informal to give false information in a company's accounts in order to gain an advantage: By cooking the books, directors grossly misled investors about the company's financial health.
(Definition of cook verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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