set the bar (high/low)

(redirected from set the bar low)

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.
See also: bar, set
References in periodicals archive ?
There's always a feeling that standards are on the slide, which is why I've found it's always a good idea to set the bar low from the outset.
When you set the bar low, it's easier to stick to your goals.
Analysts say the Fed may have set the bar low for a December move, so if that move does materialize, then it wouldn't come as a surprise to the market.
At ITV2 they set the bar low and patronisingly aim for "young people".
I think I've set the bar low that way and when I started doing talk shows I purposely decided I wasn't going to do any huge jokes because then I wouldn't have anything to top next time.
We purposely set the bar low enough so that everyone has a chance to succeed.
Russian Olympic Committee chief Alexander Zhukov once predicted that Russia could "take first place" in Sochi but now has also set the bar low.
The 'Lose Yourself' hitmaker also took a jab at the 29-year-old reality star's husband Lamar Odom in the lines which say "Lamar O, sorry, we done both set the bar low.
These shiny shoed, quick smiling insurance quote machines have successfully set the bar low for our profession.
That's not to say the winger has set the bar low and hopes that mid-table is good enough.
While he may have set the bar low for his expectations on the series, he is still here, still skating – and don't be surprised if the comedian confounds the bookies' expectations.
Japanese interlocutors during my mid-September trip to Tokyo unanimously praised Noda as an improvement over his predecessors -- though Kan and (Yukio) Hatoyama admittedly set the bar low.
Steve Jordan, president of Metropolitan State College of Denver, told lawmakers the measure could force colleges to set the bar low so they could meet their goals and avoid having to roll back increases.
Faced with the prospect of schools being sanctioned for failing to get students up to standards, many states played it safe and set the bar low for their students.
Any parent or teacher will tell you that when you set the bar low, kids live down to it.