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Closed book   /kloʊzd bʊk/   Listen
Closed book

Something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained.  Synonyms: enigma, mystery, secret.  "It remains one of nature's secrets"

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"Closed book" Quotes from Famous Books

... gazing out over the edge of the bluff into the heart of the woods; her closed book was in her hand, and the gentle breeze that shook the leaves around her and disturbed the loose curls about her face was laden with a moist spiciness which made her believe it had been wandering through some fragrant foliage of a kind unknown to her, far away in the depths of the forest, ...
— The Associate Hermits • Frank R. Stockton

... a closed book to most people, for its intricacies are confusing. Lucky is he who has never persevered in solving its mysteries nor speculated upon the "systems" of beating it. From those who have learned it, the game demands practice, dexterity, and coolness. The dealer must run the cards, watch the many shifting ...
— The Spoilers • Rex Beach

... souls that have fallen into their clutches. One has caught in the net that he has just thrown a mitred abbot and two other monks. As the dead rise from their tombs the justiciary angels bar the way of the wicked who strive to approach the Judge. A seraphim holds the closed book of life, upon which these words are carved: 'Hic signatur liber vitae.' On various parts of the portal are numerous inscriptions, some of which, like the following, are ...
— Wanderings by southern waters, eastern Aquitaine • Edward Harrison Barker

... cried, with a sort of break in her voice that made it strident—"yes. I am Karl Vansittart's wife, and I—cared for him. Do you know what that means? But you can't. All that side of life is a closed book to such as you. It means that if you had been a hundred times in the right and he always in the wrong, I should still have believed in him and distrusted you—should still have cared for him and hated you. But he was not guilty. He was in the right and you were wrong—a thief and a murderer, ...
— Roden's Corner • Henry Seton Merriman

Words linked to "Closed book" :   secret, perplexity, enigma

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