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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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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.
The fact that Town have nonetheless come down with an improved playing squad, a healthier bank balance and, crucially, a much-improved profile and reputation should set the bar higher than that, at least.
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.
The company continues to set the bar higher as it produces buildings where people can live, work, play, learn and worship.
These prestigious global awards recognize cybersecurity and information technology vendors with advanced, ground-breaking products, solutions, and services that are helping set the bar higher for others in all areas of security and technologies.
Patron said LMC has set the bar higher in producing agricultural facili-ties that educate, employ, and provide resources for more than 600 farmer families in the area.
Ranveer upped his own game with his powerful acting and eccentric mannerisms in the film, and captivated cine-goers with his stand-out performance, which set the bar higher for Bollywood villains.
President Bush always found a way to set the bar higher. As a young man, he captained the Yale baseball team and served as the youngest aviator in the U.S.
Coach Singh has set the bar higher after becoming the first coach to win the T10 league with Kerala Kings winning the title in the inaugural edition last year.
Results-driven: Leaders create stretch goals that allow the team to set the bar higher and push for achievement.
Ana Lalley says her goal as Elgin's newest police chief is to continue to set the bar higher and ensure the department never stops improving.
He said: "I'm trying to set the bar higher and everyone else is at the same time.
He signed a four-year contract and, for Monk, embodies the drive needed to 'set the bar higher' at the club.
'Inclusion in the Russell 3000 Index in a sense validates our team's efforts thus far, but it also means that we now have to set the bar higher. I'm looking forward to seeing what kind of value we can create for our clients and our shareholders over the coming years.'
How can Dubai set the bar higher after pioneering a retail revolution in the Middle East 23 years ago through the Dubai Shopping Festival?