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be higher than a kite

1. To be very intoxicated by alcohol or (especially) drugs. I tried tutoring him in math, but he was always higher than a kite when I came by.
2. To be elated or euphorically happy. I was higher than a kite when I found out I got into Stanford.
See also: higher, kite

set a high/low bar

To establish an expected, required, or desired (but ultimately constrictive) standard of quality. 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 a bit of a low bar?" While you shouldn't take just any job you can get after college, be sure not to set too high a bar for an entry level job, or you may have trouble landing one at all.
See also: bar, high, low, set

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.
See also: bar, set

higher than a kite

1. Very intoxicated by alcohol or (especially) drugs. I tried tutoring him in math, but he was always higher than a kite when I came by.
2. Elated; euphorically happy. I was higher than a kite when I found out I got into my first choice school.
See also: higher, kite

higher than Gilderoy's kite

Extremely high; so high that it can hardly be seen. "Gilderoy" was the nickname of notorious 17th-century highwayman Patrick MacGregor, who was hanged at a time when the height of the gallows corresponded to the severity of a criminal's misdeeds. Thus, MacGregor was hanged higher than his accomplices—like a kite in the sky. Why did you put the dishes on a shelf higher than Gilderoy's kite? You know I can't reach anything up there! A: "Can you see the plane?" B: "It's higher than Gilderoy's kite! All I see is a tiny speck!"
See also: higher, kite

move (something) into a higher gear

To begin to act or do something in a more energetic, vigorous, or effective manner than previously. They're going to have to move things into a higher gear if they want to beat the returning champions. I notice that you've really moved into a higher gear with your work lately. Great job!
See also: gear, higher, move

move (something) into a higher gear

If someone or something moves into a higher gear or if someone moves it into a higher gear, people act with more energy and effort or something starts to be done with more energy and effort. Note: The image in the following idioms is of driving a car. The road-building programme has moved into a higher gear. Now he has moved into a higher gear, launching two new companies in the US. After moving the country's war preparations into a higher gear, the prime minister is taking a weekend break. Note: Other verbs such as shift or switch are sometimes used instead of move. Cancer research could shift into a higher gear thanks to these new findings.
See also: gear, higher, move

high ups

and higher ups
n. the people in charge. One of the higher ups is coming down to talk to you.
See also: high, UPS

higher ups

verb
See also: higher, UPS
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