taking over a second off Dame Kelly Holmes' 2004 mark.

Shooting Stars

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Chinese
Laura Muir won the 1,000m in a British record of 2:31:93, taking over a second off Dame Kelly Holmes' 2004 mark.

Could you help me understand the bold part? "Take over" means gain control as in take over a company. But this definition doesn't work here. Does "mark" mean record?

Thank you.
 
  • Language Hound

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    American English
    It is not "taking over" but "taking off."
    "Over" goes with second. ===> "over a second" = more than a second.
    In other words, she beat Kelly Holmes' time by more than a second.
     
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