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high-water mark

1. Literally, the highest level a body of water has reached, or the mark designating such a point. Due to climate change, the high-water mark on this beach has been getting higher every year.
2. The apex, peak, or highest point of something. The high-water mark of the country's economic boom was in 2007.
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high-water mark

The peak of something, especially an achievement. For example, This composition is the high-water mark of his entire output. This expression alludes to the highest mark left on shore by the tide. [Mid-1800s]
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high-ˈwater mark

the highest stage of achievement: This was the high-water mark of the ancient Greek civilization.
This refers to the highest mark left by the sea on the land or by a river when it floods.
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high-water mark

The acme of achievement. The term alludes to the mark left when a body of water reaches its highest level, as in a flood. By the early nineteenth century it had been transferred to the peak of other events or accomplishments, as in Ralph Waldo Emerson’s statement in 1856, about William Wordsworth: “‘The Ode on Immortality’ is the high-water mark which the intellect has reached in this age.”
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That summit led to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change - arguably a highwater mark of international co-operation since successive attempts to produce more rigorous agreements have become ever more problematic, as Copenhagen showed.
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The highwater mark for a table is increased 5 blocks at a time.
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Without belaboring the point, suffice it to say that the author does an equally admirable job in discussing the Roman war and civil psyche as well as their application to military campaigns as Rome's highwater mark rose and then fell.
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