to put the matter in the scrapbook

jacdac

Senior Member
Lebanese
Colonel Dorland had been a wealth of useful information, and Mr. Tyler was confident that he would be able to put this matter in the scrapbook—and the remaining payment from it into the bank—within the next day or two.
Source: The Jack Reacher Experiment by Jude Hardin
Context: it is 2098. Colonel Dorland contracted Mr Tyler, a hitman, to assassin Stock Wahlman Rock Wahlman (a genetic clone of Jack Reacher).

Is to put the matter in the scrapbook a set expression? What is your interpretation? meaning done and dusted?

Thank you.
 
  • Uncle Jack

    Senior Member
    British English
    Is to put the matter in the scrapbook a set expression?
    Not one that I know of.
    What is your interpretation? meaning done and dusted?
    In practice, yes, but putting something in the scrapbook has an obvious semi-literal interpretation. Scrapbooks can contain all sorts of things, but one of the most common is newspaper cuttings. The suggestion here is that the assassination would be reported in the newspaper, and the newspaper cutting could then be placed in a scrapbook
     
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