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one for the (record) books

An outstanding, memorable, or record-breaking event or achievement. Wow, you finished a 32-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 book

something particularly noteworthy. informal
The expression is based on the notion of a sporting or other achievement that merits a permanent record.
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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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This was one for the record books. In the battle for the vacant IBO flyweight title between Carlo Peaalosa and Mexico's Maximino Flores at the TV5 Studios, Novaliches, last Sunday afternoon, Australian referee Garry Dean made several confusing decisions that bordered on the bizarre.
I often brag about the resiliency of farmers but after a lifetime in the business, I have to say that this year is one for the record books. To help ease the burden on these folks, we are continuing to extend flexibility for producers with todays announcement.
LAST SEASON was one for the record books and this year's promises to be even better.
It could be one for the record books and a final addition to a glittering CV, even if only for 45 minutes as a thank you to a support who add their man into the annuls of history as a great who has played for their club.
That season was one for the record books as Harrisburg went 33-1.
For Nexstar Media Group, Q3 is one for the record books -- at least if one were to look solely at its performance on Nasdaq.
Dubai: For the first time in the UAE, a Grey Heron has been spotted eating a Eurasian Collared Dove, which is one for the record books, says a prominent wildlife expert in Dubai.
24 (BNA): Saudi Arabia's 88th National Day was one for the record books as the Kingdom celebrated a flurry of recent reforms that have put it on the cusp of an exciting and fulfilling future.
He understands Marlee's wariness, but their attraction is one for the record books. Marlee can't resist Gavin, but that doesn't mean she can commit.
I'll say it again: The 148th Congress of Correction in Minneapolis was one for the record books. Everything about our most recent gathering at the Minneapolis Convention Center was simply incredible.
Bill Sutherland, senior vice president of AAA, said, "This Independence Day will be one for the record books, as more Americans take to the nation's roads, skies, rails and waterways than ever before.
From a new US President to hurricanes and #metoo, from North Korean missile tests to a new EPA Chief dining with officials from companies he is supposed to regulate but rarely meeting with environmentalists, 2017 was one for the record books! As I pass my one-year anniversary as your Treasurer, I look forward to building on our organization's accomplishments in these challenging times.
Thanks to their enthusiasm, great speakers, fun special events, and celebrating our 25th anniversary, this convention was indeed one for the record books."
"That's another one for the record books," added Calzaghe.
And this year's Cyber Monday was one for the record books, with consumers spending almost $3 billion, according to the Adobe Digital Index.