the history books

the history books

A figurative record of great achievements or moments in human history. Often used hyperbolically or ironically. He's secured his place in the history books with his stunning election victory today. The up-and-coming player is rewriting the history books with her remarkable debut year on the field. With the largest domestic growth ever recorded, this year has been one for the record books.
See also: book, history

the ˈhistory books

the record of great achievements in history: She has earned her place in the history books.
See also: book, history
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Napoleon, riding to Valuevo on the twenty-fourth, did not see (as the history books say he did) the position of the Russians from Utitsa to Borodino (he could not have seen that position because it did not exist), nor did he see an advanced post of the Russian army, but while pursuing the Russian rearguard he came upon the left flank of the Russian position- at the Shevardino Redoubt- and unexpectedly for the Russians moved his army across the Kolocha.
I dare say that I could throw myself over a precipice, like the Hun in the history books, if my courage to do it were questioned, and yet it would surely be pride and fear, rather than courage, which would be my inspiration.
A word from Lucille, and the history book of the future must be differently written.
There are many Dinanath Batra types in the Sangh Parivar who are dying to have the history books rewritten to represent 'true' Indian culture, one that will make us reject the regimes of Medieval India as a dark period while enlightening our minds with all the great warriors of the past who have found little or no mention in history books.
The history books always get referred to when one team has decades of supremacy over another.
It is one of those games that will be written in the history books of our club - you can't ask for more than winning 3-0 away at Liverpool.
ROBERT THORNTON wrote his name into the history books of darts last night - but still found himself out of the World Grand Prix.
He had a fantastic tournament, and that performance in the last 16 will stay in the history books forever.
As for history books, the whole mission is for the history books," Webster stated.
The St Mirren gaffer realises a Hampden triumph over Rangers will land him and his players a place in the history books.
The history books need to change and we need to start talking about how that should be done.
What I am talking about are the history books that deal with the significance, or the meaning, of those past events, as seen by their authors.
The dominance of the X Factor means that betting on the Christmas number one is likely to be consigned to the history books and White Christmas could go the same way if global warming continues to gather pace," said Rupert Adams.
BWIA is set to slide into the history books when the state-owned carrier is renamed Caribbean Airlines next year.
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