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track record

a record of achievements or performance:
an executive with a good track record.
Origin of track record
1950-55 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for track record
  • The movie industry doesn't have the best track record when it comes to race.
  • There isn't a shred of evidence, no track record of safety or scientific expertise.
  • Given the track record of malaria vaccines, that's a distinct possibility.
  • They have proven their track record of disregard for human life.
  • One can see this by looking at the track record of the world's economies.
  • Given the commissions' erratic track record, the argument strikes many legal observers as dubious.
  • Based on that track record, such promises of voting in four years' time carry little weight.
  • Having a track record, a reputation for reliability is part of it, too.
  • Their track record has been impressive, and their cutting-edge nature inspires public imagination.
  • The administration's track record is not impressive.
British Dictionary definitions for track record

track record

(informal) the past record of the accomplishments and failures of a person, business, etc
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Slang definitions & phrases for track record


  1. To agree with other information; chime: What you say doesn't track with what I know (1970s+ Army)
  2. To make sense; be plausible; figure: It does not necessarily track that because Son of Sam sells papers in New York he will sell books in Seattle/ She's practically out of her mind. Like, she isn't even tracking (1970s+)
Related Terms

fast lane, go on track, have the inside track, one-track mind

[probably fr track, ''the groove of a phonograph record, a continuous line or passage of a tape recording,'' influenced by earlier track, ''follow, come closely and directly behind'']

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Idioms and Phrases with track record

track record

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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