break the record


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break the/a record

To do something to a higher or greater degree than the greatest extent currently known. With his speed, I think he'll break a record for running before he graduates from high school. If he eats one more hot dog he's going to break the record!
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break the record

1. Surpass a previous achievement, as in He was determined to break the record for the high jump. This usage is applied primarily to sports of various kinds. [1880s]
2. Move very fast, as in The lecture was so dull that we broke the record getting to the door: [Second half of 1900s]
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It is said that it is risky business to actually try and break the record, if failed it could cause severe injuries that could lead to amputation.
So we quickly changed the challenge and asked the Majid Al Futtaim family to break the record by the size of the final image.
get a good run - but not good enough to break the record.
Later on Monday, students will attempt to break the record for the largest national flag.
Baumgartner (below), who was 1-2 to break the record, says he saw some amazing things while falling to earth - stars, planes and the ball Chris Waddle hit in the 1990 World Cup penalty shoot-out.
It's nice to break the record of two fine players," said James, who ended the day unbeaten on 193 as Glamorgan closed on 457 for one.
Pip Larkin, a 35-year-old artist from Middlesbrough, said: "If I could I would want to break the record for running the most marathons.
We didn't break the record, but we did have 610 impersonators - including Priscillas - so we're going to write to the Guinness Book of Records and see if we can get an entry for that," News.
Gundry said: "It was great to break the record on Ned The Post because he's owned by Roger Maggs, who has supported us from day one.
Summary: Epic Avatar has sailed past drama Titanic to break the record as the highest grossing film of all time.
At least 578 ballet enthusiasts bellied up to handmade barres Sunday at McArthur Court during an apparently successful attempt to break the record for world's largest ballet class.
White, though, failed to qualify for next week's Grand Prix in Aberdeen but still has two tournaments to break the record.
It was an honor to break the record, especially with Gary in attendance," Figgins said.
The night took place in mid-July and as the last of the Scouts nodded off, it was announced that the previous sleep-over record had been broken by the 31,584 Scouts and Cubs across the country who had got together to break the record.
Mr Hallgarth, who is also a Coventry JP, said: 'I didn't set out to break the record -the trip was for charity.