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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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He posits, in fact, two ways in which the historian can work: either as an eyewitness of the events to be related, or as a synthesizer and rewriter of things reported by others.
While Newman can add little to the surfeit of critical commentary on Wide Sargasso Sea - the tie-up with zombie films seems strained - she needs to start with this Jane Eyre rewrite in order to demonstrate her Barthesian notion of textual genealogy: 'In the Caribbean Rhys revises Bronte, Naipaul revises both, Mukherjee revises Naipaul - the chain of signifiers extends to the future rewriter of Mukherjee herself' (p.