closed book
noun Date: 1913 something beyond comprehension ; enigma

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • closed book — noun something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained how it got out is a mystery it remains one of nature s secrets • Syn: ↑mystery, ↑enigma, ↑secret • Derivationally related forms: ↑enigmatic ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • closed book — {n.} A secret; something not known or understood. * /The man s early life is a closed book./ * /For Mary, science is a closed book./ * /The history of the town is a closed book./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • closed book — {n.} A secret; something not known or understood. * /The man s early life is a closed book./ * /For Mary, science is a closed book./ * /The history of the town is a closed book./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • closed\ book — noun A secret; something not known or understood. The man s early life is a closed book. For Mary, science is a closed book. The history of the town is a closed book …   Словарь американских идиом

  • closed book — noun A person or thing that cannot be easily understood; someone or something incomprehensible or puzzling. Her courteous, sedate, inexorable husband, whose will she could not bend, whom she could not cajole, whose mind was a closed book to her …   Wiktionary

  • closed book — /kloʊzd ˈbʊk/ (say klohzd book) noun 1. a subject about which one knows nothing: *From now on, the better part of his life would be a closed book to any but himself –henry handel richardson, 1917. 2. a matter which has been completely finished …   Australian English dictionary

  • closed book — something that is not known or cannot be understood; a mystery or puzzle: Abstract art is a closed book as far as I m concerned. [1910 15] * * * …   Universalium

  • closed-book — adjective referring to exams in which external resources such as glossaries, study notes, calculators, etc are prohibited Ant: open book …   Wiktionary

  • closed book — mystery, unknown, enigma (sometimes said of a mysterious person) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • closed book to me — If a subject is a closed book to you, it is something that you don t understand or know anything about …   The small dictionary of idiomes

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