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set a record

This page is about the collocation set a record

collocation pattern: verb + noun

Meaning

to achieve a new record in sport, sales, profits, losses, etc.

For example

  • We should set a record for online sales next month.

  • How many new world records were set in the last Olympic Games?

Note:
Records can be set not only for the highest or best, but also for the lowest or worst, as in "set a record for the lowest score ever" and "set a record for the worst run of losses".

Quick Quiz

If someone sets a record, it means

a. their goal is to break the old record

b. they've said a record has been broken

c. they've broken the previous record

Contributor: Matt Errey