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book learning

noun
1.
knowledge acquired by reading books, as distinguished from that obtained through observation and experience.
2.
formal education:
She thought that common sense was just as important as book learning.
Origin of book learning
1580-1590
1580-90
Related forms
book-learned
[boo k-lur-nid, -lurnd] /ˈbʊkˌlɜr nɪd, -ˌlɜrnd/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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  • He feared that book learning would bring us no good, and he was called a fool for his pains.

    First and Last H. Belloc
  • Most of all I figures I need a heap of book learning, and it is books I wants for you to get me.

    'Smiles' Eliot H. Robinson
  • I see him growing in grace and favor, versed in book learning, expert in all noble sports and exercises.

    Harding's luck E. [Edith] Nesbit
  • But what book learning he obtained would never have made him a lawyer, not to say President.

    Men of Our Times Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Experience is ten times better than all the book learning one can muster.

  • They are good girls, both, and as busy as they are good; in spare moments they come up here, and take to book learning.

  • Of book learning Kitty had almost none, but she had native gifts.

    The Preacher of Cedar Mountain Ernest Thompson Seton
  • There is book learning, false learning when it treats of military matters.

    Battle Studies Charles-Jean-Jacques-Joseph Ardant du Picq
  • He had a first-rate corn-field education, but no book learning.

    The Underground Railroad William Still
  • The churches met better support than the schools, "book learning" being held in small estimation by this stolid yet thrifty race.

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