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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How can Dubai set the bar higher after pioneering a retail revolution in the Middle East 23 years ago through the Dubai Shopping Festival?
The stock exchange has set the bar higher with its minimum listing requirements for companies eyeing the main board and will implement most of the proposed reforms for its second board in February, the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEX) announced in a statement on Friday.
Urban Solar strongly stands by the decision to pursue this listing as we work hard to set the bar higher in the solar LED lighting industry to ensure customers are purchasing safe and reliable lighting systems.
For one, it has set the bar higher for the leisure and entertainment landscape with the Uptown Mall-a five-level complex with an impressive mix of international brand shops, new and established concept restaurants-some with Michelin Stars-and state-of-the-art cinemas.
Van Gerwen, the 8-13 favourite, and Anderson, 9-2 second favourite, have contested eight finals in the past two years during which time they have set the bar higher and higher.
He always wants to set the bar higher and higher and I think it's important as a manager as well that you don't just set the bar at one thing and leave it there.
They're not true supermodels," adding that Vogue should set the bar higher.
The entrance of Uniqlo, H&M, Forever 21 and many other brands has set the bar higher for existing brands as they offer higher quality childrenswear, trendier and updated designs and reasonable to affordable prices.
But in the cities where we've gone recently, for example Hong Kong, where we've been for eight years, the arrival of the guide and our standards has enabled the culinary scene to set the bar higher.
The Global Excellence Awards recognize security and IT vendors with advanced, ground-breaking products and solutions that set the bar higher for others in all areas of security and technologies.
We applaud their efforts to set the bar higher for all training programs.
The absence of allegations of large-scale graft during the Aquino government has set the bar higher for control of corruption, signaling continued political stability in the next administration, debt-watcher Moody's Investors Service said.
More is asked now of corrections professionals than ever before; their dedication, selflessness, remarkable achievements and tireless energy have set the bar higher for those who will follow.
The hard-driving rhythm of 'Just Do It (Remix)' is impossible to ignore and the transitions and switch-ups used throughout the song help to give the music a depth that's difficult to imitate - with twists and turns that set the bar higher on the pop-rap music scene and leaves the listener on the edge of their seat.
Boss Paul Hartley admitted his side's run of eight games unbeaten in the league has seen him set the bar higher.