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rewrite the history books

1. To create a false narrative about how a historical event happened so as to promote one's own personal agenda or beliefs. The government is being accused of rewriting the history books by instructing schools to use textbooks that paint its formation 200 years ago (and the subsequent decimation of the indigenous population here) in a more positive light.
2. 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 history books by not only making the playoffs, but winning the whole championship. The up-and-coming player is rewriting the history books with his stunning debut year on the field.
See also: book, history, rewrite

rewrite history

1. To create a false narrative about how a historical event happened so as to promote one's own personal agenda or beliefs. The government is being accused of rewriting history by instructing schools to use textbooks that paint its formation 200 years ago (and the subsequent decimation of the indigenous population here) in a more positive light.
2. 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 history by not only making the playoffs, but winning the whole championship. The up-and-coming player is rewriting history with his stunning debut year on the field.
See also: history, rewrite

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 history

If someone rewrites history, they try to make people believe that something happened in a particular way, when that is not the truth. They were good at rewriting history when such a process suited them. As Orwell pointed out, history can be and often is rewritten to suit the needs of the present. Note: This expression is used to express disapproval.
See also: history, 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 history

select or interpret events from the past in a way that suits your own particular purposes.
See also: history, rewrite

rewrite the record books

(of a sports player) break a record or several records.
See also: book, record, rewrite
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Rewriters see their original, read the edited version, say to themselves, "This looks better," and rewrite better stories the next time around.
But I'm me, and 4 months after taking on this rewrite, which I figured might take a month of nights and weekends ("Oh, a month, tops," as people like me are wont to say), I'm not done.
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By doing so, the researchers report in an upcoming issue of Science, they can reduce the size of the magnetic field heeded to rewrite a 0 or 1 on this magnetic semiconductor by 80 percent.
But for the first time hackers are sending programs into computer systems to automatically rewrite Web sites.
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Extra rewrite rules are added to restore the original term structure, if this thunk is placed in an eager argument.
Reviewers don't have to rewrite bad passages in polished form, but they need to give the writer enough information to fix the problem.
ReWrite offers a means of exploring common misconceptions students have about a topic.
For example: Take the sentence "After careful consideration, we have made a determination that fiscal prudence dictates that we refrain from taking action at this time" and rewrite it: "We have thought carefully and determined it would not be fiscally prudent for us to act at this time.
Delvoye, Gomez-Pena & Fusco rewrite authenticity as border art.
After a recent meeting with the SPI Food, Drug and Cosmetic Packaging Materials Committee, federal FDA Deputy Commissioner For Policy, Michael Taylor said his agency may be willing to rewrite the preamble to the controversial Final Rule on Colorants for Polymers, giving industry more self-regulation in the matter.
A good rewrite cuts the raw draft by more than half.
Hollywood had tried several times to rewrite its DOS-based COBOL point-of-sale (POS) application, of some 1.
The Department of Basic Education (DBE) has finalised preparations for the rewrite of the life sciences exams in the Vhembe District of Limpopo.