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To beat the record

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To beat the record (Sporting) to surpass any performance of like kind as authoritatively recorded; as, to break the record in a walking match.
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Usage

In literature:

This is said to beat the English professional record by thirteen yards.
"Following the Equator, Complete" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
So late did the cold weather last that, even with the added plowing to do, the six camps beat all records.
"The Blazed Trail" by Stewart Edward White
This is said to beat the English professional record by thirteen yards.
"Following the Equator, Part 3" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Anything that beats that pair, fit and well, a mile and a quarter on a fast track'll have to make it in two-five, an' that's the record.
"Thoroughbreds" by W. A. Fraser
The Bursley Male Glee-Singers, determined to beat records, had got a soprano with a foreign name down from Manchester.
"The Matador of the Five Towns and Other Stories" by Arnold Bennett
Still the Collins Line maintained its record sailings, and continued to beat the English.
"Manual of Ship Subsidies" by Edwin M. Bacon
All that a watch actually does is to beat seconds, and to record the number of beats.
"The Art of Travel" by Francis Galton
Think of that, with only a thirty-six record to beat in the Valley.
"Over Paradise Ridge" by Maria Thompson Daviess
Had the beating I have recorded any relation to this bitter reflection?
"Narrative of a Mission to Central Africa Performed in the Years 1850-51, Volume 2" by James Richardson
All you needed to beat the record for flying was a pair of wings.
"Boy Scouts on a Long Hike" by Archibald Lee Fletcher
Bob noted that each successive outbreak tried to beat the record, and he was wondering just when the limit of endurance might be reached.
"The Saddle Boys of the Rockies" by James Carson
On one or two occasions I was obliged to beat the record in order to win my game.
"The Complete Golfer [1905]" by Harry Vardon
Besides, I had a great opportunity to beat my record of four swordfish in one day at Clemente Island in the Pacific.
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey
It is neither art nor contrivance, it is the recorded beating of his own heart, the sequel to his previous life.
"Junius Unmasked" by Joel Moody
If he could have got a steamboat fast enough to beat the best trotting record Mr. Cowper would have been content.
"Geoffrey Hampstead" by Thomas Stinson Jarvis
The Manchester men dug a six-foot deep trench-line to our new front on the ridge, beating all records.
"From Bapaume to Passchendaele, 1917" by Philip Gibbs
We are going to try to beat the record of the 'Georgia' this time, providing we have no accidents.
"The Battleship Boys at Sea" by Frank Gee Patchin
Any mere outsider would say I was safe to get rid of my reputation this year, for I am almost beating the record in the effort.
"A Holiday in Bed and Other Sketches" by J. M. Barrie
But I'll beat the record to-night.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 107, July 21st 1894" by Various
The record he had to beat was twenty days.
"Bert Wilson's Twin Cylinder Racer" by J. W. Duffield
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In news:

The Baltimore Bays Chelsea won their record ninth US Youth Soccer boys title when they beat the Chicago Fire Juniors, 2-0, to claim the 76th McGuire Cup championship at the 2011 National Championships in Phoenix.
They're trying to beat the record of 36 hours.
Davi Della Fiamma will try to beat the current world record for highest firebreathing flame: 26 feet, 5 inches.
Wilson Chebet finished the Amsterdam Marathon in 2:05:41 to beat Getu Feleke's record by three seconds.
Tony Romo threw three touchdown passes to break Troy Aikman's career franchise record, and the Dallas Cowboys beat the Philadelphia Eagles 38-33 on Sunday night.
The Florida Gulf Coast University volleyball team, without suspended coach Dave Nichols, improved its record to 12-7 on Tuesday night, beating Bethune -Cookman in four sets.
But, if Michigan can manage to play 35 tilts this year (the regular season features 30 games), Burke 's current pace would give him 253 assists -- beating Morris' record with ease.
The best record in the AFC will mean little to the Houston Texans if they can't beat the defending conference champions.
Thanks to the popularity of artists like Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat, the auction house beat its May record.
The record says Peyton Manning knows how to beat the Baltimore Ravens.
0Hartsville beat Union County 62-27 on Saturday night to finish the season with a 15-0 record.
It was the same race where 90-year-old Florence Lundy unofficially beat the national 5K record for women ages 90 to 104.
(AP) — Four teenage girls have been arrested outside Philadelphia in connection with the beating of a woman that was recorded on video and posted to Facebook.
Marcus Mariota tied a school record by throwing six touchdown passes, and second-ranked Oregon rolled in the second half to beat California, 59-17, with an eye at possibly being the No.
HOUSTON (AP) — It wasn't pretty, but the Houston Texans found a way to beat the Bears and escape Chicago tied for the best record in the NFL.
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