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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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And after mixing it with the best in Britain in Birmingham - Rachel Wallader setting the bar high for victory in a personal best of 17.
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The price per bottle starts at $15 dollars, setting the bar high for a still young wine producing market.
Setting the bar high for his next project, the esteemed writer ended the biker era on television with a big bang as the show ended with an all-time high as the network's most watched season for "Sons of Anarchy" Season 7.
TOMMY Kincaid is setting the bar high again for Lisburn Distillery this season.
Jon Doig insists Scotland have no regrets over setting the bar high for Games hopefuls – because it will carry them closer to the podium.
Ja Rule made his mark on the world of rap and collaborative R&B in the late '90s and early 2000s, setting the bar high for competition with timeless hits such as Ain't It Funny with Jennifer Lopez, Always on Time with Ashanti, Between Me & You with Christina Milian, and Wonderful with R.
Canan zdemir and Ferit Baltacioglu have been key to the cityOs burgeoning creative scene with their House Cafs, already setting the bar high.
SoHo is setting the bar high for New York's top fashion districts," said Joseph J.
As the world talks and preaches environmentally friendly skies, we at Qatar Airways are setting the bar high for others to follow.
With a 50-year history of working with industry and setting the bar high for corporate training and development, MDC has created the institute to ensure the industry has a steady pool of qualified and highly trained employees.
The school has succeeded by setting the bar high for students and educators.
We are setting the bar high, and we've got to keep on building for the World Cup next year.
Nonetheless, setting the bar high has had demonstrable success in Massachusetts, helping thousands of students reach new heights of achievement.
Receiving the award, Dr Noun said: 'We have pioneered a new technology, setting the bar high in a very competitive market, and ensuring simultaneously an outstanding business return for our organization.