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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

something unusual or unexpected My sister stayed in on a Saturday night! There's one for the books.
Etymology: based on the idea of a record book that contains information about the most unusual, largest, strangest events or things that happen during a particular period of time
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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]
See also: book, one

one for the books

A noteworthy act or occurrence.
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We have come to reflect on what this One for the Books has taught us,'' he said.
One for the Books opened in 1976 in Newhall's Plaza Posada.
But supporters of One for the Books fired a final, parting shot Monday.
Faith and a sense of civic duty kept One for the Books in the fight until now, Heidt said.
When One for the Books closes its doors, the Santa Clarita Valley's roughly 175,000 residents will have just two locally owned retail bookstores, both small and both affiliated with religious groups.
said the company's expansion is driven by economics, not the undercutting of independent stores such as One for the Books.
Historically, in towns such as ours, a lot of the heart and soul is the fact that the small retailers were people who were your neighbors,'' said Ben Boydston, artistic director for the Canyon Theatre Guild and a longtime customer of One for the Books.
One for the Books also carries two books that are perhaps the only detailed history books specific to the Santa Clarita Valley: ``A California Legend'' by Ruth Waldo Newhall and ``Valley of the Golden Dream'' by Jerry Reynolds.
But a local flavor was not enough to help One for the Books compete with big advertising budgets, economies of scale and deep discounts.
Photo: One for the Books owner Jan Heidt will be closing her bookstore in the Santa Clarita Valley after 23 years of operation.
PHOTO Santa Clarita Mayor Jan Heidt, owner of One for the Books, aims to gain attention for small businesses.