high-water mark

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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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References in classic literature ?
"Here's where we can play real Robinson Crusoe, " Billy cried, as they crossed the hard sand from highwater mark to the edge of the water.
He took over at an historical highwater mark after the UEFA Cup final and with Boro still glowing from Cardiff the bar had been raised.
Illinois tops the list of seven states with long-term liability burdens that Fitch considers elevated (above 20% of personal income) with a highwater mark of 29%.
During the past five years, insurance revenue at the company reached a highwater mark of $4.3 million in 2014.
"But we're getting in to deep waters here" The Italy game more than a decade ago might be an agonising memory but it was also a highwater mark for the national side in the last 20 years.
as the highwater mark of innovation, for getting into the vision of true mixed
But last season Celtic took 24 fewer points and scored 33 fewer goals than the previous year, albeit the 2017 invincible season was a highwater mark in history.
That's much easier said than done, however, and boss Oran Kearney will need to summon one of his most inspirational team-talks to make sure his team aren't nursing any kind of hangover when they go gunning for a first Irish Cup crown since the highwater mark of Marty Quinn's reign in 2003, not to mention exorcising the ghost of last season's cup final capitulation to Linfield.
There's no doubt globalisation has been disrupted and we've probably hit the highwater mark and this in turn is driving more collaboration between systems integrators of all sizes.
It's particularly reprehensible when helpless creatures are violated, and the couple's conviction is a highwater mark in child and animal protection.
A club constantly in survival mode will never go anywhere and Newcastle have lost serious ground in the two years since a fifth-placed finish which was surely Pardew's highwater mark as Newcastle manager.
The development of the .17 Winchester Super Magnum is a new highwater mark in rimfire ballistics.
FINRA's attempt to envelope RIAs into its regulatory ranks may have reached its highwater mark a bit short of its intended goal.