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You can make book

Posted by Shae on April 23, 2004

In Reply to: You can make book posted by rob on April 23, 2004

: i've looked all over for the origin of this phrase, and it seems that it comes from gambling terminology. make book means to be sure of something, or, more precisely from the dictionary, to accept bets from a game or race. i'm wondering where the phrase comes from. thanks.

From: The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000:

BOOKMAKER: 1. One that edits, prints, publishes, or binds books. 2. One who accepts and pays off bets, as on a horserace. Also called bookie.