set a record

This page is about the collocation set a record

collocation pattern: verb + noun


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?

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