lower the bar

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lower the bar

To lower the standards of quality that are expected of or required for something. Soaring rents have really lowered the bar for where people are willing to live these days. During the economic boom, regulators lowered the bar for investment bankers' accountability.
See also: bar, lower
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Lower the bar for your expectations of your toddler - and yourself.
BBOG should be patient and lower the bar of their expectations since recent videos posted on the internet by the insurgents have revealed that some of the girls are now married to their captors with children and have expressed a desire not to return back to their families in Nigeria.
5% loss (Bitstamp) and continues to lower the bar as selling begets more selling in the wake of both S.
This costly inaction has the potential to undermine the fight against impunity, the effect of which is to lower the bar of accountability that many have fought to raise," Bensouda said.
To address this, the attorney general has helped introduce legislation that would lower the bar for this crime, making it easier to prosecute.
The latter situation could, however, lower the bar for a lawsuit if any neurologic pathology is diagnosed in the child.
The World Health Organization has long said sugars should make up less than 10 percent of a person's total daily energy intake, and now urges countries to lower the bar to five percent.
Scottish music seems to always be wanting to lower the bar to get its music played whereas I say we don't need that, our musical output is good enough to compete at a national level, so let's do it.
Lower the bar down to your chest but not to rest on your chest.
BOBBY BARR insists Brechin have had to lower the bar on their season after a miserable March.
Ryoo's remarks rekindled media speculation that Seoul may lower the bar on the two matters, which the North claims serve as a major obstacle to improving inter-Korean ties.
Senior government officials said that the department of industrial policy and promotion, which had proposed a graded regime in regime that allowed 74% FDI if a foreign investor transferred technology and 100% for state-of-the-art equipment is now willing to lower the bar a little.
NGOs fear that the EU will be forced to lower the bar to create a "level playing field" between the US rules and the generally more robust EU regulations.
The desperate shortage of troops has forced military officials to lower the bar for enlistment, thus letting in people whose drug and alcohol abuse or other behavioral problems would previously have kept them out.
He is the lowest-ranking person to be tried for such crimes, which could lower the bar over who is considered important enough to go to jail for Nazi terror.