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.
See also: bar, set
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The nadir of Roy Hodgson's spell in charge and Sam Allardyce's aborted reign set the bar low for Southgate's men at the 2018 World Cup.
Circumstances have set the bar low for Pritzker success.
He pointed out that the entry of a third telco was no small matter, and to set the bar low for those that apparently could not meet the standards was detrimental to the Filipino people who are the target beneficiaries.
"The entry of a third telco is no small matter and to set the bar low for those who apparently cannot meet the standards is detrimental to the people who are the target beneficiaries," Rio said, adding that Now Telecom did not question the requirements during the NTC public hearing.
For example, a student in Connecticut performs at a certain proficiency rate because maybe Connecticut set the bar low. The student didn't have to perform so well to be labeled as proficient.
At the start of a year you might think, "I'll run a marathon", but my advice is set the bar low. Even if you go from 1000 steps to 3000 steps a day, you'll still cut your risk of death by 20 per cent.
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.
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.
Still, the industry's six years of contraction set the bar low: sales were the second lowest for January in a decade.
Russian Olympic Committee chief Alexander Zhukov once predicted that Russia could "take first place" in Sochi but now has also set the bar low. "Performing worse than in Vancouver is impossible" was his barely reassuring line last month.
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.