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high-water mark

1. Literally, the highest level a body of water has reached, or the mark designating such a point. Due to climate change, the high-water mark on this beach has been getting higher every year.
2. The apex, peak, or highest point of something. The high-water mark of the country's economic boom was in 2007.
See also: mark

high-water mark

The peak of something, especially an achievement. For example, This composition is the high-water mark of his entire output. This expression alludes to the highest mark left on shore by the tide. [Mid-1800s]
See also: mark
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Cllr Evans said: "The bridge deck is around 100ft from the high water mark so add on the height they had scaled up the chains then they must have been nearly 150ft up, if they had fallen they would not have stood a chance.
In fact, Judge Jacobus ruled that, using the state's definition of the high water mark, an existing subdivision would be sitting on sovereign land of the state of Florida.
The high water mark for the unit's operations was probably March 2 when history was made.
However, after hitting this high water mark, total exports, primarily in light of restrictions on exports placed by national governments, have been static or declining, with less than 12 million metric tons expected to be exported from these countries in 2003.
Emerson's 35th-minute opener was the high water mark of their successful period.
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Thankfully teenage smoking had its high water mark in 1996 and has fallen sharply since then.
2--Color) A grove of trees stands at the High Water Mark on Cemetery Ridge - the furthest advance made by Southern troops during Pickett's Charge.
The market for original equipment (OE) passenger tires posted modest gains in 1997, but remained below the high water mark previously realized in 1994.
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If Watergate was the high water mark for independent journalism, the Iran-contra scandal might have been its nadir.
We'd basically go into a storm-impacted area after the fact and look for high water marks that indicate storm surge.
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