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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.
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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.
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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.
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cook the books

alter records, especially accounts, with fraudulent intent or in order to mislead. informal
Cook has been used since the mid 17th century in this figurative sense of ‘tamper with’ or ‘manipulate’.
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ˌcook the ˈbooks

(informal) change facts or figures in order to make the situation seem better than it is or to hide the fact that you have stolen money: The two directors of the company had been cooking the books, a local court heard yesterday.
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Harvard public policy professor Anne Piehl, who reviewed the study before it was published, calls this instance of it cooking the books.
He promised, in a speech on Wall Street, that his administration would 'end the days of cooking the books, shading the truth and breaking the law'.
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MSPs yesterday accused Executive ministers of cooking the books to make their cost-cutting look tougher.
I seem to remember the Tories were accused of cooking the books regarding the employment figures when they were in power.
THE former chairman of cable and fibre optic company Anicom has been charged with cooking the books in what watchdogs are calling "a massive financial fraud".
These are the same people who wanted blood from the Enron executives for cooking the books, losing money for their investors, and lying about it.