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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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.
is currently in the end stages of negotiating the TPP, a deal that would be the largest trade agreement to date and threatens to not only lower the bar on how workers are treated, but the safety of food and other products brought into the U.
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.
We will have to lower the bar in order to fill our seats.
A spokesman said: "It means we can raise or lower the bar on who can come to the UK.
He said: "Centre stage is our points system which means only those we need - Zand no more - can come here to work and study, and gives us the flexibility to raise or lower the bar according to the needs of the labour market and the country as a whole.
Lower the bar to the middle of your chest, pause then push it up to the start position without locking your arms.
Administration officials continually lower the bar for Iraq.
While many Latino families have achieved homeownership as a result of these efforts NAHREP believes that continuing to lower the bar may not be the healthiest solution for consumers or the industry in the future," said NAHREP chairman Frances Martinez Myers.
Better to remain something of a gold standard for the world's best companies than to lower the bar in order to keep pace in a kind of global numbers race.