break the record

1

Surpass a previous achievement, as in He was determined to break the record for the high jump. This usage is applied primarily to sports of various kinds. [1880s]

2

Move very fast, as in The lecture was so dull that we broke the record getting to the door: [Second half of 1900s]


Nearby words

  1. break someone's serve,
  2. break the back of,
  3. break the bank,
  4. break the ice,
  5. break the news,
  6. break through,
  7. break up,
  8. break wind,
  9. break with,
  10. break-bulk

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