cook the books Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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cook the books

informal to ​changenumbersdishonestly in the accounts (= ​financialrecords) of an ​organization, ​especially in ​order to ​stealmoney from it
(Definition of cook the books from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “cook the books”
in Chinese (Simplified) (尤指为偷钱而)篡改账目…
in Chinese (Traditional) (尤指爲偷錢而)篡改賬目…
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