rewrite the record books

rewrite the record books

To achieve a level of success that sets a new record or goes against a history of performing poorly. Used especially in reference to sports. After missing out on the playoffs for nearly 50 years in a row, the team has been on a huge winning streak this season, and it has a chance to rewrite the record books by not only making the playoffs, but winning the whole championship. The up-and-coming player is rewriting the record books with his stunning debut year on the field.
See also: book, record, rewrite

rewrite the record books

If a sportsperson rewrites the record books, they break a record or several records. This extraordinary West Country team have rewritten all the record books in the past three years. Kournikova is poised to rewrite the tennis history books.
See also: book, record, rewrite

rewrite the record books

(of a sports player) break a record or several records.
See also: book, record, rewrite
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ALVECHURCH will need to produce arguably the upset of the Midlands' non-League season to rewrite the record books tonight.
Without the American's trailblazing example, who is to say that Usain Bolt would even have got the chance to follow in his tracks and rewrite the record books as he has?
It was O'Sullivan's 21st ranking title in a glittering career and one which saw him rewrite the record books - the crowd favourite became the first player for four years to win back-to-back ranking titles.
NEW Zealand coach John Bracewell blamed his side's naivety for allowing England to rewrite the record books at Old Trafford, writes RICHARD GIBSON.
Then the Bypass Four came along, to rewrite the record books in medicine as well as in track and field.
And as he prepared to rewrite the record books, Everton assistant manager Alan Irvine declared: ``It is fantastic for him and it is fantastic for the club.
Stewart, who held the world record for wins for 14 years until his tally of 27 was beaten by Prost in 1987, said: "Michael will rewrite the record books.
Just 12 weeks after the birth of her first child, O'Sullivan bounced back with a superb run to rewrite the record books in 24min 27sec to trim 20 seconds off the old record set by Paula Radcliffe in Scotland six months ago.
She's going to rewrite and rewrite the record books a lot of times before she leaves USC,'' Trojans coach Jim Millinder said after his team improved to 8-4 in this, its fourth season of existence.