I’m in your good books

June 6, 2006 at 8:14 am 5 comments


Idiom: to be in someone's good/bad books

Means: to be popular or unpopular with someone

Use: to refer to temporary situations

Circumstances: Someone or you has done something good or bad. This makes another person feel good or bad about you.

Note: Often used with 'at the moment'

Some examples:

I'm in my wife's good books at the moment. I bought her a new car last Saturday. It's a sports car and she has always wanted something sporty.

Jim's in the boss's bad books at the moment. He lost one of the company's most important clients.

Your turn:

Think about you and complete this sentence:

I'm in _________'s (name of a person) good/bad books at the moment because I ______

Think of another four examples.

Now complete this:

(name of a person) is in my good/bad books at the moment. He/she _________________

Think of another four examples.

Now, if you want, use the comments system to write some of your own examples and I'll tell you if they are OK or not.

I hope I'm in your good books now!


Entry filed under: General idioms, Not too difficult.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. cade'rae williams  |  November 29, 2007 at 12:58 am

    it needs to be more intersting and more down to earth because people want it easy now a days.

  • 2. blessing  |  November 5, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    Your explanations on the selected idioms are great: one could easily bring them in during casual conversations. Please could you post in more idiomatic expressions for some English learners?

  • 3. Claudia*  |  November 2, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Your explanations are really GREAT, could you please post in more? We are studying just this and there isn’t a good site to visit!!
    TKS !!

  • 4. Joyce  |  May 13, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    Hi, I really love your explanations on the idioms, but could u pls state more ’bout the history of idioms? Thanks! 🙂

  • 5. Asmi  |  May 25, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    I wish there would be 20 idioms


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