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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 key is to keep the goal at a reachable level, so as not too frustrate yourself by constantly failing by setting the bar too high.
A lot of what we do is setting the bar we want to shoot for and helping people to get there.
It is setting the bar high, but if history repeats itself our teachers and our students will respond and we will receive higher performance as a result.
Matthew Boyes, now the strongest and most versatile male dancer in the company, gave an extremely musical performance in the opening trio, setting the bar high for his dancing in the pas de deux from Neon Glass, in which he partnered Tracy Taylor, pouring her body into the movement with the heat and fluidity of molten glass.
Storage providers Nissho Electronics and Hitachi CP and Alacritus Software have joined together to bring to market the industry's first virtual tape library appliance; thus setting the bar with the next generation of storage management.
Setting the bar for image quality, ADV Universe downloads are equal to or better than the average DVD-image quality.
It delivers the most computer power and realism available today and continues SGI's tradition of setting the bar for excellence.
Not only is Tex Tech setting the bar and influencing textile production all over the world, they also have local influence by helping to propel Maine's technology sector forward.
In its terror of being accused of setting the bar too low, the LAUSD has left the impression that there's only one bar.
Over the past 35 years, we've led the car collecting hobby by setting the bar for trends," said Craig Jackson, president and CEO of the Barrett-Jackson Auction Co.
They're the ones that look at us to set the bar and they're the ones that we look at when they're setting the bar.
Rainfinity is setting the bar in network file virtualization and global namespace management solutions - empowering IT managers to manage more data with less resources.
With Selkirk's continued success, we've been setting the bar higher and higher," said Jim Suttie, Selkirk's president and chief executive officer.
We're going for the sexiness of Maxim and FHM and we're setting the bar high -- for those that dare to follow suit.