in someone's bad books

This page is about the idiom in someone's bad books.

Meaning: If you're in someone's bad books, they are not pleased with you.

For example:

  • I think I'm in Jenny's bad books. I forgot her birthday, and now she's not answering my calls.

  • Make sure you don't get in the boss's bad books. If you do, he'll make life hell for you.

Note: This idiom means the opposite to "in someone's good books."

Quick Quiz:

I think I'm in Gillian's bad books. She's been

a. ignoring me

b. helping me out

c. friendly to me

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Contributor: Matt Errey