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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.
higher than a cat's back
1. Very expensive. I'm sorry, but I refuse to spend my hard-earned money on clothes that are higher than a cat's back. They're just clothes—secondhand ones do me just fine.
2. dated slang Drunk. In my day, it was gauche for a man to get higher than a cat's back at the bar. Now, that's just a Saturday night for most people.
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.
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!"
People who are especially important, influential, and authoritative, often in comparison to oneself. I don't have the authority to make a decision like that—you'll have to talk to one of the higher-ups. Did you hear that the higher-ups want us to wear uniforms now?
modulate to (some other) key
To transition from one musical key to another. The skilled composer can modulate to a higher or lower key without the listener even noticing.
move (something) into a higher gear
To begin to act or do something in a more energetic, vigorous, or effective manner than previously. Likened to a vehicle, such as a car or bike, using a higher gear to attain greater speed or power. 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!
rank higher than (one)
To have a higher rank or position than one in a business, government, or military hierarchy. Well, I technically rank higher than Sarah, but we operate more like equals in the office. He ranks higher than you, so you'd better do what he says.
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.
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.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
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.
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
high upsand higher ups
n. the people in charge. One of the higher ups is coming down to talk to you.
See high ups
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.