cook the books


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cook the books

To falsify financial records for a company or organization. My partner had been cooking the books for years, but because I was the CEO, I got the blame for our company's collapse.
See also: book, cook

cook the books

Falsify a company's financial records, as in An independent audit showed that they've been cooking the books for years. This slangy phrase was first recorded in 1636.
See also: book, cook

cook the books

1. If someone cooks the books, they dishonestly change the figures in their financial accounts. She knew that when the auditors looked over the books there would be no hiding the fact that she had cooked the books and £3 million was missing. Four years ago, he vowed to strike back after discovering that a promoter was cooking the books. Note: The `books' in this expression are books of accounts.
2. If someone cooks the books, they dishonestly change written records. The committee admitted that, in its recent trials, many officials cooked the books.
See also: book, cook
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It's obvious that Andersen helped Enron cook the books.
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US stocks lost ground in early trading yesterday after President Bush failed to calm down a scandal-weary Wall Street despite proposing stiff penalties for companies and executives who cook the books.
Mr Mallon said: "I do not go along with the theory that he is here to cook the books.
Good internal controls return power to senior management," he said, "making it harder for lower level officials to cook the books or misrepresent their performance.
But the Postal Service has been known to cook the books.
What little information the regionals did have came from the countries' own central banks, who often found it expedient to cook the books, or from the big banks, who themselves were flying blind.
The city Redistricting Commission might have given up on robbing the Valley, but it left open the opportunity to cook the books for political purposes.