[Ads-l] Earliest Use of "Cook the Books"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sun Feb 3 22:48:14 UTC 2019

I am trying to push back the use of the phrase "cook the books" (to falsify accounting records in order to conceal actual financial activities or condition of a business) as far as I can.  Any suggestions of early citations would be welcome.

Fred Shapiro

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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