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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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3 (2) this lazy node in g can be rewritten, by means of [[right arrow].
Then, first the nodes of the lazy graph that are not active are thunked, to prevent that they can be rewritten in an eager fashion.
Mortgage Builder utilizes the most advanced technologies, such as XML, and has rewritten the Loan Prospector interface in conjunction with standards developed by the Mortgage Industry Standards Maintenance Organization (MISMO).
Although both sides agree that the city's charter is outdated and needs to be rewritten, each side has sharply different views on how to do it.
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To that end, the memory devices were rewritten repeatedly over a period of several days.
By comparison, each page written in VXML needs to be rewritten any time there is a major change in the Web page.
With DVD-RAM technology, data can be written to any location on the disc, and small sections of data can be rewritten without stressing the error correction codes.
Data can be written to any location on the disc and small sections of data can be rewritten without stressing the error correction codes.
By increasing the speed at which problem SQL code is identified, edited and rewritten, SQL-Optimizer improves programmer productivity and Oracle database performance.
In addition, rewritten code is provided in "hint" form or rewritten form for even better performance.