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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For the second global mission, Game Freak and Nintendo decided to set the bar lower by asking players to catch or defeat 1 million PokAaAaAeA@m within the two weeks that the event is live.
The remainder represents the standard course of business: analysts typically set the bar lower as the earnings season approaches (by 4.8% on average).
Today's revelations - that admissions officers are continuing to set the bar lower for new entrants - shows the lengths universities are having to go to.
"If other countries set the bar lower in regards to devices there's going to be a weak point," said Peter Toren, partner at Weisbrod Matteis & Copley and a former prosecutor with the Justice Department's Computer Crime & Intellectual Property section.