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raise the bar

To raise the standards of quality that are expected of or required for something. Since higher education became available to a greater number of people, businesses have increasingly been raising the bar for entry-level employees.
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raise the bar

Fig. to make a task a little more difficult. (As with raising the bar in high jumping or pole vaulting.) Just as I was getting accustomed to my job, the manager raised the bar and I had to perform even better.
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THE biggest sporting event of 2015 will be held on British soil with organisers of the Rugby World Cup admitting that the success of the London Olympics and Commonwealth Games in Glasgow has raised the bar.
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Our 2012 product lines have truly raised the bar to a new level for consumers.
Mr Rogge said: "London has raised the bar on how to deliver a lasting legacy.
The company founder and president, David Adelson, said 'Just as the iPad tablet has raised the bar in consumer devices, so, too, have we raised the bar in putting all the hotel's services right into the hands of guests.
Lewis raised the bar for African American entrepreneurship.
While principals and teachers staffed the phones, Merrill raised the bar after students donated $50 to see him dance on stage.
It wasn't the end of the world for Raised The Bar to be disqualified at Ripon on Wednesday night, even if it was my first two-year-old winner after a frustrating run with my juveniles.
We have raised the bar in mobile computing by creating a simpler experience for users and an easier platform for information technology professionals to manage," says Adalio Sanchez, general manager, IBM Mobile Computing.
Epson has raised the bar for the entire industry, offering the combination of 3LCD technology and HQV processing at an incredible price.
Ward should take comfort in knowing that not only did he drive up sponsorship revenue by $380 million and invoke change in the organization's governance, but he also raised the bar by maintaining his integrity and professionalism.
Recognizing that prolonging disease-free survival in chronic leukemia relies on the eradication of minimal residual disease has raised the bar for developers of novel pharmacotherapy.
Rosaforte takes that Watson quote and embellishes: ``He has raised the bar to a level only he can jump.
With the latest additions to TextWrangler, Bare Bones Software's consumer level text editor, Bare Bones has significantly raised the bar for what people expect from an application.
He has raised the bar higher than anybody has ever raised it, as far as between him and the rest of the field.