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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

break a record

to destroy a previously set high record by setting a new one. The athlete broke all the school records in swimming. The league record was broken after thirty years.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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James Baxter from Huddersfield on his way to breaking the record at Scammonden and, below, with the hillclimb trophy
The opening batsman reached the milestone in just his 18 innings, breaking the record of 21 innings first set by the legendary Sir Viv Richards in 1980 and since equaled by Kevin Pietersen, Jonathan Trott, Quinton de Kock and, most recently, Babar Azam.
Chris Anderson injured himself while breaking the record for the most cheeses won in the Cheese Rolling Race at Cooper's Hill in Brockworth
His goal of breaking the record of 18 major championships held by Nicklaus looks increasingly unlikely.
NEW YORK, May 19 (KUNA) - A colorful untitled portrait by the American artist Jean Michel-Basquiat was sold Thursday evening at Sotheby's for USD 110.5 million, breaking the record for any American artist.
WASHINGTON: Twenty years after breaking the record for consecutive games played, Cal Ripken, Jr.
After breaking the record, the 41-year-old said that he actually felt quite ok and the only time he felt troubled was before the dive but he gets into his zone once after diving underwater.
Since the event began last Monday, both squads have combined to score over 26,000 points and have survived fatigue and home sickness in hopes of breaking the record.
The 31-year-old clocked up a time of two hours, three minutes and 23 seconds, breaking the record set by compatriot Patrick Makau in the same race two years ago.
Manama: April 14 -- (BNA) Five members of the Bahrain Youth National Team for Power Athletics qualified to the World Championship slated to be organized in Ukraine in the period 10-14 July 2013 after breaking the record at various relay distances during the 14th GCC (male) Sprinters' Competitions and the 7th GCC Teenagers' Competitions concluded in the Qatari Capital, Doha a few days ago.
But a huge wave caused damage to their boat and sank their hopes of breaking the record.
The two openers dominated the day as they put on 374 for the first wicket against Sussex, breaking the record set 28 years ago by Alan Jones and Roy Fredericks against Northamptonshire at Swansea.
"The last thing I'd have wanted to do would be to have another go at breaking the record. I haven't eaten a banana since.
Casey set a new record in the 400-meters with a time of 63.9, breaking the record of 69.1 set by Jenna Cardoza in 2003.