set the bar (high/low)

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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.
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De Lima said that the late cabinet member 'set the bar high on good governance.'
Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said that with just the first three years of being chief executive, President Duterte has already set the bar high for his successor.
The Premier League have tried to "set the bar higher" to stop video officials having to intervene so often and interrupt the flow of the game.
Undone with her blazing performance in the lead-up to the Southeast Asian Games where she is tipped to dominate the sprints, the 20-year-old clocked 23.16 seconds in the quarterfinals to set the bar higher and claim the throne once held by de Vega.
His "only fear" is that Royal Caribbean might have set the bar too high and Norwegian's report could be viewed negatively when comparing the two, Wieczynski tells investors.
She set the bar high for a standard of behaviour which each of us should try to emulate at all times.
He set the bar high, the players met it and, when that happens, they can get comfortable and complacent.
Kerr, though, is not concerned and believes the reigning champions have just set the bar that high.
PRIME Minister Imran Khan has set the bar high and has given us new hopes with his vision.
Crime is at its lowest level in four decades under the SNP and it is vital that we continue to set the bar on crime.
FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura has said that Russia's staging of the World Cup had set the bar high for Qatar, the tournament's next hosts in 2022.
From past reviews, the McDonald's Singapore's Nasi Lemak Burger lived up to expectations and should set the bar for Malaysia.
Set the bar high and watch your students rise to the challenge.
In doing so, he set the bar for future generations of writers of science and astronomy in particular.
It's a first album that has set the bar exceptionally high.