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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We must not await another 60 years before setting the bar higher.
In this 60-minute teleseminar based on her transformational keynote speech, she'll inspire major corporations AND businesses on Main Street to take action using the Benchmark to get a painful wake-up call for setting the bar higher -- and then achieve new goals with the 5-Step Profit Plan to earn all the profit they need to fund the growth they want.
Each year the organizers are setting the bar higher to make sure that each edition of Bitspiration is a truly educational, inspiring and profitable experience for the attendees.
Today, as a chemistry professor at McMaster University, Schrobilgen is setting the bar higher, working with an international team to achieve the first compound containing an element with a formal oxidation state of IX.
Frank Klein, Head of Production, Mercedes-Benz Vans, had the following to say at the vehicle s production launch in the Vitoria plant: Our new Mercedes-Benz Vito is setting the bar higher for mid-size vans.
I firmly believe that the day the track opens its gates it will be the premier venue for greyhound racing in the country across all departments and, setting the bar higher than ever before, could provide the model for future developments within the industry.
The Middle East market continues to see the advent of more luxury hotels each year and this is setting the bar higher for delivering outstanding guest satisfaction standards.
My colleagues and I decided on taking a different route and setting the bar higher.
RCA is setting the bar higher this year than in 2011, when they collected Dh90 million.
SSAT has ranked every school in the country according to how well they performed in the 2011 GCSE exams, setting the bar higher than ever before by concentrating only on the highest A* and A grades.
Similarly Martin Ainscough is setting the bar higher every year.
To be selected, applicants must show not only that they have executed their project well, but that they have done so in uncommon, innovative ways: pioneering a new technology, applying a familiar technology to a new purpose, setting the bar higher for their competitors.
Everywhere you look there are new projects popping up, new sustainable technologies being designed, and new standards being created that are constantly setting the bar higher.
Some companies are setting the bar higher by offering policies geared toward transgender employees--those whose public identity does not conform to conventional male and female roles.
An aide to Gates said Washington's concerned included a perception that EU countries were setting the bar higher for Turkey than for past candidates for membership in a deliberate effort to make accession more difficult.