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one for the (record) books

An outstanding, memorable, or record-breaking event or achievement. Wow, you finished a 72-ounce steak in less than five minutes? That's one for the record books! You should have seen your faces when dad popped out of the bushes to scare you! Boy, that was one for the books.
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one for the (record) books

a record-breaking or very remarkable act. What a dive! That's one for the record books. I've never heard such a funny joke. That's really one for the books.
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one for the books

Also, one for the book. An outstanding or unusual achievement or event, as in All of the main awards went to one picture-that's one for the books. This expression originally alluded to record books kept for sports but soon was applied to other endeavors. [Colloquial; c. 1900]
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one for the ˈbooks

(especially American English) used to say that something is unusual or unexpected: Well here’s one for the books — a microwave that plays music.
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one for the books

A noteworthy act or occurrence.
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