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set the bar (high/low)

To establish an expected, required, or desired standard of quality. (Often said of a standard that is constrictive in being either too low or too high). A: "At this point, I'm willing to go out with just about any guy, so long as he isn't living in his parents' basement." B: "Don't you think you're setting the bar a little low?" While you shouldn't take just any job you can get after college, be sure not to set the bar too high for an entry level job, or you may have trouble landing one at all. I hear that the new restaurant around the corner really sets the bar for exquisite seafood.
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You will eventually reach your target, enjoy the satisfaction of that, then set the bar higher for the next goal.
I believe the reason for this is that our past two presidents have set the bar so low that darn near everyone feels qualified to lead our once-great nation.
The industry has lost a leader who set the bar higher than most can ever dream of reaching.
In the other study, 23 bacopa takers scored higher on four of 15 tests for attention, learning, memory, and problem-solving--but only when the researchers set the bar for statistical significance too low.
owned by Hu Odom, led all restaurants in contributions to the DAV with a whopping $20,000 and set the bar more than $7,000 higher than Odom's Norfolk, Va.
Fujitsu continues to set the bar for the digital imaging industry with its versatile, innovative document scanners, and we are pleased to acknowledge their technology advancements and partner relationship with Pixel Translations," said Jim Vickers, chief marketing officer of Captiva and general manager of Pixel Translations.
Coming from the world's only superpower, this has set the bar low, and donor countries and others around the world have followed accordingly.
The athlete should then lower the bar slowly to arms' length and squat down to set the bar on the floor -- always keeping the head up, back flat, and legs bent to prevent lower back injuries.
They should be clear enough to comprehend in an instant; they should set the bar low enough so that everyone has a chance to comprehend and work out a solution; they should allow room for mixed approaches and some inevitable mistakes; and they should set very severe penalties for those whose "mistakes" aren't so innocent.
We have set the bar for how systems will have to perform in the coming years," said Karan Renjen, vice president, engineering, Triple Point.
Back in 1999, when it established the Academic Performance Index, which assesses student achievement, the state set the bar lower for schools with high concentrations of black students, English learners or poor kids.
Levin noted, "Governor Corzine now has set the bar even higher, seeking 100,000 affordable units to be created over the next four years.
Cisco continues to set the bar for businesses and governments worldwide and we are pleased to provide the networking validation recognized by NSA and CNSS," said Greg Akers, senior vice president, Cisco Systems.
Schematic helped us define the look and feel of this new interactive environment and to set the bar for how these experiences should evolve.
Pixar had the year off, but clearly they'll be champing at the bit next year with 'Cars,' because they set the bar for both storytelling and technique,'' Horowitz said.