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.
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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’.
See also: book, cook

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.
See also: book, cook
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This isn't an exercise in objectivity: While the authors do believe that at many companies, "option-induced avarice spurred corporate chieftains to cut corners, cook the books and dupe investors into buying shares at inflated prices," they also contend that "most corporations in America would enjoy more motivated workers and larger profits if they embraced partnership capitalism centered around employee stock options.
Levin $178,364,000 4,700 Warner Source: "Executive Excess 2002: CEOs Cook the Books, Skewer the Rest of Us," United for a Fair Economy
Gordon Brown likes PFI because it means he can cook the books.
Putting a library in a glass box facing south is of course tempting fate to cook the books, but the stacks are kept to the Inner area, under the Intermediate floor, and so provided with a good degree of protection.
There are lots of ways to cook the books, and accountants are too willing to make use of them because if they do they can be on the receiving end of a very grateful client.
It's obvious that Andersen helped Enron cook the books.
Just like Enron executives, they cook the books and snow the public.