high-water mark

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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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If Ukip reached a highwater mark in 2010, will their vote drift back in a Conservative direction?
His 204th Premier League appearance for the Hammers (and 299th in all) will take him past Steve Potts' highwater mark, his second fine achievement in a fortnight after hauling in a freshwater Jaws on his angling expedition in Essex.
A club constantly in survival mode will never go anywhere and Newcastle have lost serious ground in the two years since a fifth-placed finish which was surely Pardew's highwater mark as Newcastle manager.
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It's likely that the 2011 season could be a highwater mark for the Twins as the newness wears off.
That summit led to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change - arguably a highwater mark of international co-operation since successive attempts to produce more rigorous agreements have become ever more problematic, as Copenhagen showed.
If that's the case -- and there has been no confirmation that the senior leaders were killed -- the bungled airline attack allegedly carried out by a confused 23-year-old Nigerian could represent the highwater mark of an organization believed to have 100 to 300 members.
The highwater mark for a table is increased 5 blocks at a time.
Performance fee: 10% above EONIA with highwater mark
The Division of State Lands owns the property from the highwater mark down to the river.
Chapter one deals with the birth of the American empire ("The Greatest Curse That Ever Befell Us") and traces its development from the time of the Louisiana Purchase, through the War of 1812, the Mexican War, and, finally, to the Spanish-American War ("the highwater mark of naked U.
It also fleshes out our knowledge of Kenilworth Castle at about the time of the celebrated 1575 festivities, which, for more than 400 years, have been regarded as the highwater mark of Elizabethan court culture.