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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It sets the bar low for the future - you never know where it's gonna go," she added.
Businesses know customers have nowhere else to go as long as everyone sets the bar low.
Ringmaster in a sinister circus Bruce Forsyth tells the viewers off for being "so unfair", know-nothing judge Alesha Dixon drones on about her battle with Cheryl Cole (which she has already lost) - and Brendan Cole (no relation) sets the bar low when it comes to his ballroom partner "model and entrepreneur" (and Rolling Stone cast-off) Jo Wood.
BUSH, THE SUBject of Ambling into History, author and New York Times reporter Frank Bruni sets the bar low for himself.
It's like having an opening act that sets the bar low, making the main event seem much better by comparison.
Ringmaster in a sinister circus Bruce Forsyth tells the viewers off for being "so unfair", know-nothing judge Alesha Dixon drones on about her battle with C h e r y l Cole (w h i c h she has already lost) - and Brendan Cole (no relation) sets the bar low when it comes to his ballroom partner "model Phillips, Beeb pretend they're sexist by pathetically a search for a newsreader.