Cook the books

What is Cook the books?

Cook the books definition and meaning on Dictionary terms:
verb (used with object)
to prepare (food) by the use of heat, as by boiling, baking, or roasting.
to subject (anything) to the application of heat.
Slang. to ruin; spoil.

Informal. to falsify, as accounts: to cook the expense figures.

verb (used without object)
to prepare food by the use of heat.
(of food) to undergo cooking.

Slang. to be full of activity and excitement: Las Vegas cooks around the perform, work, or do in just the right way and with energy and enthusiasm: That new drummer is really cooking tonight. Now you’re cooking!to be in preparation; develop: Plans for the new factory have been cooking for several take place; occur; happen: What’s cooking at the club?

a person who cooks: The restaurant hired a new cook.