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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 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 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
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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
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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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In 1994, the WGA persuaded the companies to identify in a scribe's deal memo the person authorized to request rewrites, but that didn't solve the problem in the guild's eyes.
While Petrie was WGA West president in 1999, he said in a member newsletter that free rewrites had evolved from members doing a "favor" for producers into a scenario in which writers became expected to work for free.
Rewrite gigs are a gold mine for the top tier of scribes, but for many other writers, a twist on an old motto rings true: Will work for free.
And one veteran scribe says the notion that a writer will "just say no" to a free rewrite is naive at best.
Both wanted to protect themselves and their characters, and demanded more rewrites. Finally, production was set, it was crunch time, and the obligatory numerous last-minute changes were needed, even after filming had started.
Meyer's office also repeatedly asked Horton's for rewrites. "They don't come right out and tell you what they want," says another former analyst.
It illustrates his insight into how time shapes the necessary plurality of our best textual encounters, the poly-vectorial play of meanings both compelling us to return to texts and enabling us to rewrite them.
The stakes of rewriting's capacity to transform are most obvious in Narrative Innovation, which argues the norm-breaking revisionary strategies of postmodern fiction effectively rewrite and transform Manichean cultural polarities characteristic of the Cold War.
Sony, HP, and Teac offer SCSI and IDE/ATAPI drives (Teac offers a USB version too), but none can rewrite faster than 4X and, until recently, only SCSI drives could push rewrite speeds up even to 4X.
Many of the observations on Tasso's early poem, such as the note on how he rewrites the poetic tradition into which his use of Rinaldo inserts himself (103-05), return in the discussion of the Liberata.
Practitioner and teacher Lazarus (Stigmata, etc.) strongly believes the more you rewrite, the better the finished script will be, and the more likely it will be read and sold.
Meanwhile, CEOs will need to rewrite the rules of their industry--before someone else does.
* If you don't rewrite the rules, someone else will