set the bar (high/low)

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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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Wade further said that the entire team was happy to see Warner scoring given the extreme pressure he has been under in the last couple of months, adding that he has set the bar high for the players to try and get a double hundred and beat him.
Andy Irvine has set the bar high saying there's never been a Lions tour when the team has won every match.
The two cookery supremos certainly set the bar high in the opening episode of the new BBC 2 series with a challenge to create a cake with a hidden design, bake an upside down cake and serve up four rum babas.
Elis delivered the opening half of the evening, breezing on to the stage with a confidence we have come to expect from one of the UK's rising comedy stars, and set the bar high for Lloyd who was closing the evening.
Henderson set the bar high with a score of 148 with a tennis ball and Oxlade-Chamberlain fell short on 136.
He said: "We've set the bar high now with a top-10 finish and hopefully we can do better next season.
She set the bar high for the rest of the cast, but they met her standards, with strong chemistry between the two brothers who have no idea they are related.
This bold and breathtaking initiative clearly shows that when it comes to the regeneration game, Teesside has set the bar high.
Mandy said: "We've set the bar high this year, but I think we can achieve it.
Several other Southern California teams will be tested at the July 15 Nike Passing Tournament at USC, but Taft set the bar high in its attempt to be crowned the West regional champion.
Those of us in marketing research set the bar high for the providers we utilize in terms of value added, speed and cost-effectiveness.
Jones, the Institute for Regional Forecasting has set the bar high for insightful and unbiased analysis and forecasting," said Ralph Bivins, editor of RealtyNewsReport.
The women and men of these innovative, high-performing hospitals have set the bar high for patient care and for meeting the needs of their communities.
They set the bar high on expectations and I feel fortunate to have them.
Despite being almost certain to finish in 11th place in the SPL, the Paisley boss can point to their League Cup win this season - the club's first trophy in 26 years He said: "When I came here I deliberately set the bar high in terms of expectations because I wanted to change the mentality of the club.