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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
1580-1590
1580-90
Related forms
book-learned
[boo k-lur-nid, -lurnd] /ˈbʊkˌlɜr nɪd, -ˌlɜrnd/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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