lower the bar

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lower the bar

To lower the standards of quality that are expected of or required for something. Soaring rents have really lowered the bar for where people are willing to live these days. During the economic boom, regulators lowered the bar for investment bankers' accountability.
See also: bar, lower
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The government must lower the bar to create a better and a more efficient society," he said.
"But we came to the conclusion that he, the footballer who played for Barcelona and Manchester City, could not lower the bar."
Yet, we don't want cross-strait leaders to follow suit and lower the bar on political discourse and diplomacy of all types.
Lower the bar for your expectations of your toddler - and yourself.
BBOG should be patient and lower the bar of their expectations since recent videos posted on the internet by the insurgents have revealed that some of the girls are now married to their captors with children and have expressed a desire not to return back to their families in Nigeria.
Bitcoin plumbed a new 24-hour low of $9,222 posting an over 18.5% loss (Bitstamp) and continues to lower the bar as selling begets more selling in the wake of both S.
"This costly inaction has the potential to undermine the fight against impunity, the effect of which is to lower the bar of accountability that many have fought to raise," Bensouda said.
To address this, the attorney general has helped introduce legislation that would lower the bar for this crime, making it easier to prosecute.
The latter situation could, however, lower the bar for a lawsuit if any neurologic pathology is diagnosed in the child.
There is debate about whether we should lower the bar and the question is when do you stop.
Scottish music seems to always be wanting to lower the bar to get its music played whereas I say we don't need that, our musical output is good enough to compete at a national level, so let's do it.
Lower the bar down to your chest but not to rest on your chest.
BOBBY BARR insists Brechin have had to lower the bar on their season after a miserable March.
Last season's league games saw Sunderland pick up three red cards, the cup defeat featured some kamikaze defending, and this season's festive flop saw referee Andre Marriner lower the bar, even by his own standards.