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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The musical sets the bar high from the start with Annie and her fellow orphans racing through a rousing and rollicking Hard Knock Life - the child stars exhibiting wonderful vocal range and choreographed moves, a testament to the show's wizardly choreographer Nick Winston.
However, that sets the bar high and even a reproduction might suffice for a yard that has won the last two runnings.
The British-built motor launched a revolution when it hit the roads in 2006 and the latest version of the hatchback that thinks it's an SUV, introduced earlier this year, once more sets the bar high for the competition.
The company's new warranty sets the bar high for its industry, in which standard warranties range from 30 to 90 days.
However, having packed in the snout by the time you start secondary school sets the bar high for teenage rebellion.
Studying with a world-class singer sets the bar high for the students.
It will significantly enhance the airport experience for our passengers and sets the bar high for future development of the terminal.
He has such artistic integrity and sets the bar high, which is fantastic," the 'Captain America: The First Avenger' actor said.
To average 108 in your first-round game at Ally Pally, as Barney did against Michael Smith, is a big statement which sets the bar high.
To average 108 in your first-round game at Ally Pally, as he did against Michael Smith, is a big statement which sets the bar high.
Jim O'Sullivan, president and CEO of Mazda North American Operations, said, 'The MX-5 Miata sets the bar high on sports car performance and driving pleasure, which is not lost among its increasing fan base as the vehicle continues to be a world record holder as both the most popular two-seat roadster ever built[1] and the most raced nameplate in motorsports.
With a powerful, soaring voice blessed with considerable agility, a respectable trill and solid high notes (she caps Elena's "Bolero" from I vespri Siciliani at the end of this Verdian feast with a generous high E-flat), Radvanovsky sets the bar high.
McCarthy admits part of the disappointment behind Wolves' back-to-back defeats stems from the team setting themselves such high standards, conceding he too sets the bar high.
This Grammy-nominated disc sets the bar high - and Valley-based vocalist Sutton could very well drive home from Staples Center on Wednesday with a golden gramophone in the trunk.