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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 bank's Gold cards now offer EGP 100,000 of purchases per month up from EGP 65,000, while the Titanium offers EGP 125,000 up from EGP 85,000, and the Platinum sets the bar high at EGP 150,000 from EGP 100,000.
Our accreditation sets the bar high for landlords to meet our standards.
It is a must-see and sets the bar high for superhero films.
However, that sets the bar high and even a reproduction might suffice for a yard that has won the last two runnings.
The British-built motor launched a revolution when it hit the roads in 2006 and the latest version of the hatchback that thinks it's an SUV, introduced earlier this year, once more sets the bar high for the competition.
However, having packed in the snout by the time you start secondary school sets the bar high for teenage rebellion.
Studying with a world-class singer sets the bar high for the students.
It will significantly enhance the airport experience for our passengers and sets the bar high for future development of the terminal.
He has such artistic integrity and sets the bar high, which is fantastic," the 'Captain America: The First Avenger' actor said.
To average 108 in your first-round game at Ally Pally, as he did against Michael Smith, is a big statement which sets the bar high.
To average 108 in your first-round game at Ally Pally, as Barney did against Michael Smith, is a big statement which sets the bar high.
Jim O'Sullivan, president and CEO of Mazda North American Operations, said, 'The MX-5 Miata sets the bar high on sports car performance and driving pleasure, which is not lost among its increasing fan base as the vehicle continues to be a world record holder as both the most popular two-seat roadster ever built[1] and the most raced nameplate in motorsports.
The BRC-H900 sets the bar high with the three A' type CMOS sensor, each with an effective pixel count of 2.
The first volume, Funny Business, sets the bar high by starting with humor, and Scieszka has recruited some powerful names to contribute to this first anthology, including Adam Rex, Eoin Colfer, David Lubar, Kate DiCamillo, Jeff Kinney, Christopher Paul Curtis, and Jack Gantos.
With a powerful, soaring voice blessed with considerable agility, a respectable trill and solid high notes (she caps Elena's "Bolero" from I vespri Siciliani at the end of this Verdian feast with a generous high E-flat), Radvanovsky sets the bar high.