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A history of someone's or something's performance, often cited as a predictor of how they will perform in the future. The mayor brought in the new police chief because he has a strong track record of reducing crime in inner-city neighborhoods. The company had an almost perfect track record before the scandal, which made it even more shocking.
A record of actual performance or achievements, as in This applicant has an excellent track record. This term probably comes from horse racing, where it signifies the best time a horse has ever achieved at a particular track or over a particular distance. However, some believe it alludes to track and field records. Its figurative use dates from the late 1940s.
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COMMON The track record of a person, company, or product is the reputation they have, based on what they have done or how good they have been in the past. He joined the BBC as a trainee and quickly developed a track record as an inventive programme maker. Glasgow Museums and Galleries have a proven track record of attracting very large audiences. The region is known to have a poor track record in research. Note: An athlete's track record is a record of the performances he or she has achieved.
a ˌtrack ˈrecordall a person’s or an organization’s successes or failures in the past: In business your track record is more important than your qualifications.
The sum of a person’s performance or achievements in a given line. The term comes from horse racing, where it is defined as the best time a horse ever made over a given distance on a particular track. It was transferred to human endeavor about 1950. “[Billy] Wilder has had a series of extremely successful pictures. . . . We were betting on his track record that this one would be, too” (Life, 1965).