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

high-ˈwater mark

the highest stage of achievement: This was the high-water mark of the ancient Greek civilization.
This refers to the highest mark left by the sea on the land or by a river when it floods.
See also: mark
References in classic literature ?
Here's where we can play real Robinson Crusoe, " Billy cried, as they crossed the hard sand from highwater mark to the edge of the water.
by United - was the highwater mark in a game TOP OF TABLE Frank Lampard's first-half penalty - bitterly disputedPWDLFAPtsChelsea.
Coastguard officers said it was close to the highwater mark with an hour of flood tide to run.
There's no doubt globalisation has been disrupted and we've probably hit the highwater mark and this in turn is driving more collaboration between systems integrators of all sizes.
It's particularly reprehensible when helpless creatures are violated, and the couple's conviction is a highwater mark in child and animal protection.
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.
17 Winchester Super Magnum is a new highwater mark in rimfire ballistics.
FINRA's attempt to envelope RIAs into its regulatory ranks may have reached its highwater mark a bit short of its intended goal.
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.