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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.
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Critics say the Obama administration lowered the bar in a bid to sell U.
Many firms have lowered the bar in order to retain market share or perhaps to put key competitors under pressure.
Prior to the meeting, Cabinet Office Senior Vice Minister Hideo Hiraoka, who serves as the panel's secretary general, explained the differences between the seven rules and the pledges made in the DPJ manifestos, saying, ''We prioritized getting opposition parties to join our discussions so we lowered the bar of the principles.
If we had not challenged Alex Ferguson over his comments, it would have lowered the bar even more in terms of the criticism and abuse referees face," The Mirror quoted Leighton, as saying.
I recall one critic claiming a couple of years ago that Toshack had lowered the bar as far as expectations were concerned with Wales.
It's lowered the bar because this current government is obsessed with the number of people that have to go through higher education and also a lot of universities are self regulating and once that happens the bar gets lowered.
Blame must lie with the Government that in its relentless crusade for wider participation has lowered the bar to disguise underperformers and to encourage everyone, whether they be academic or not, to go on to third level education.
Because they generate and handle a lot of game data, management games have traditionally lowered the bar on the graphics side of the equation in order to make the whole package manageable on modestly endowed systems.
Los Angeles County has lowered the bar on felony convictions for graffiti vandalism from $5,000 to $1,000 in damages.
By propagating a way of thinking about its alleged foes as inhuman, it has lowered the bar of human decency, and that has had consequences.
Asda has lowered the bar for local suppliers, she said, simplifying paperwork and offering reduced payment terms.
anti-terror legislation lowered the bar on authorities' surveillance requirements.
I can't help feeling that they've lowered the bar for "interesting.
The IRS maintains that it hasn't lowered the bar for disaster-relief charities.