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dizzy heights

1. An impressive level of success. "Dizzying heights" is a more common version of the phrase. Primarily heard in UK. Your company will never reach such dizzy heights if you don't devote your full attention to it.
2. A high or extreme degree of something. Primarily heard in UK. Why are our profits now so much lower than the dizzy heights they reached last month?
See also: dizzy, height
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dizzy heights

BRITISH or

dizzying heights

COMMON
1. You use dizzy heights or dizzying heights to talk about a very high level of success. She had first known such dizzy heights in the 1960's when she became one of the top exponents of black American music. She was a poor girl propelled to the dizzying heights of fame by a group of powerful agents. Note: This expression is sometimes used ironically to say that someone has not achieved very much at all. After three and a half years, I had reached the dizzy heights of assistant account handler.
2. You use dizzy heights or dizzying heights to talk about a very high amount or level of something. The Dow Jones has scaled the dizzy heights to reach 10,000. The cost of oil imports reached dizzying heights before falling back and rising again in 1990. Note: This expression is sometimes used ironically to say that something is not at a very high level. The meat content of the pie can soar to the dizzy heights of 25 per cent.
See also: dizzy, height
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
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Gub-Gub was a bit scared, walking on such a narrow bridge at that dizzy height above the river.
A brown spotted lady-bug climbed the dizzy height of a grass blade, and Tom bent down close to it and said, "Lady-bug, lady-bug, fly away home, your house is on fire, your children's alone," and she took wing and went off to see about it -- which did not surprise the boy, for he knew of old that this insect was credulous about conflagrations, and he had practised upon its simplicity more than once.
The inside of the dome is figured all over with a monstrous inscription in Turkish characters, wrought in gold mosaic, that looks as glaring as a circus bill; the pavements and the marble balustrades are all battered and dirty; the perspective is marred every where by a web of ropes that depend from the dizzy height of the dome, and suspend countless dingy, coarse oil lamps, and ostrich-eggs, six or seven feet above the floor.
Happily, he soon succeeded in disarming his adversary, whose knife fell on the rock at their feet; and from this moment it became a fierce struggle who should cast the other over the dizzy height into a neighboring cavern of the falls.
The fall through leafy branches and the dizzy heights; the snakes that struck at me as I dodged and leaped away in chattering flight; the wild dogs that hunted me across the open spaces to the timber--these were terrors concrete and actual, happenings and not imaginings, things of the living flesh and of sweat and blood.
In its habits it resembles the goat, frequenting the rudest precipices; cropping the herbage from their edges; and like the chamois, bounding lightly and securely among dizzy heights, where the hunter dares not venture.
He could spring twenty feet across space at the dizzy heights of the forest top, and grasp with unerring precision, and without apparent jar, a limb waving wildly in the path of an approaching tornado.
The benchmark KSE 100-Index beefed up by 263.72 points or 1.16 percent to reach the new dizzy height.
Paying homage to Russian Jewish painter Marc Chagall, Robin Lane's At Such a Dizzy Height is inspired by the artist's light- and color-saturated painting.
But he had another go and this time the flying-machine reached the dizzy height of 15ft for nearly 10 seconds - but Sir Richard was ecstatic.
Keith won it last year but his winning song, Beggin, reached the dizzy height of No 37 in the Irish charts.
It was somewhat of a surprise to read Clr Pinnock's statement that the council's annual budget has reached the dizzy height of pounds 410m ("Council budget under attack", Examiner, July 8).
But they've all got away to go before they reach the dizzy heights of Instagram's official account, which has a massive 223 million followers.
And only when Guardiola or Jose Mourinho or Jurgen Klopp for that matter have dropped down into the Championship and brought, say, a Blackburn or a Charlton back up and hit the dizzy heights can they be bracketed alongside Old Big 'Ead.
His latest solo album Dizzy Heights is very much a family effort and while packed with his usual melody is punchier and faster in places.