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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Black Book.
A book exposing abuses in Church and State, which furnished much material for political reform in the early part of the present century. (See BLACK BOOKS.)   1
   Amherst speaks of the Proctor’s black book, and tells us that no one can proceed to a degree whose name is found there. (1726.) It also appears that each regiment keeps a black book or record of ill-behaviour.   2
   Black Book of the Admiralty. An old navy code, said to have been compiled in the reign of Edward III.   3

 Black-balled.Black Books. 


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