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"be on the books" in British English

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be on the books

to be ​employed by a ​company, or (​pay to) ​belong to a ​organization, ​society, ​sportsteam, etc.: There are 256 ​people on the ​books at the ​cementworks. The ​nursery has 30 ​babies on the ​books and 13 on the ​waitinglist. US to be ​officiallyrecorded, ​especially as a ​law: A ​ban on ​texting while ​driving is on the ​books in most ​states.
(Definition of be on the books from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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