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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Although iPhone 5s sports a M7 chip that can monitor movement and steps, Samsung sets the bar higher by having all the health features on Galaxy S5.
The Kessler Collection is thrilled to announce the Castle Hotel as its newest addition to the Autograph Collection," stated Richard Kessler, chairman and CEO of The Kessler Collection, "Staying aligned with brand standards to exceed guest expectations, the Castle Hotel sets the bar higher than any hotel in the area by inspiring guests with its creative nature, offering one-of-a-kind art, music and cultural experiences under one roof.
Having made a career out of refusing to race over fences, connections produced a master stroke by winning a Doncaster maiden with Mad Moose, but Songcraft sets the bar higher.
What the Obama administration is envisioning sets the bar higher.
The iPhone sets the bar higher for the whole industry.
The strong performance by both sets the bar higher for Bush and Kerry when they meet for their second debate on Friday in what will hopefully be a continuation of the trend.
Attendees will learn why 70 percent of corporate sales execution initiatives fail and how enterprises can establish a focused and deliberate sales enablement program that generates revenue more quickly and sets the bar higher for the future.
Each year, Brenda sets the bar higher and higher, and it's no surprise given her tremendous energy and dedication," said Robert A.
The amendment narrows this provision, provides guidance and sets the bar higher for development,'' Planning Manager Vince Bertoni told the Santa Clarita City Council before it unanimously adopted the change March 26.
0 sets the bar higher for the EFM category when evaluated on its ease-of-use, broad functionality, and scalability," said Rich Nadler, President of Perseus.
Knowing that we provide our resellers with award-winning programs and incentives that help them achieve success is a tribute to all of us at KONICA MINOLTA and sets the bar higher for our program in the future.