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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Glenfiddich sets the bar higher for local mixologists !-- -- Marga Buenaventura (The Philippine Star) - August 10, 2019 - 12:00am The scotch whisky brand holds the Most Experimental Bartender competition in the Philippines.
"Breaking records for three years in a row sets the bar higher and higher and so, to be realistic, I will continue to make no promises that we will continue to grow," said Rountree.
Launched at the Bahraini-German Business Network Reception at The Ritz Carlton, the new generation sets the bar higher by matching the model's distinctive shape and captivating appeal with new enhanced comfort and technology features.
According to NBK, the new generation of the CLS sets the bar higher by matching the model's distinctive shape and captivating appeal with enhanced comfort and technology features.
FinTech also sets the bar higher for incumbent banks in terms of their own innovation agendas as the leading banks internationally and in Africa seek to make digital profitable and explore collaboration opportunities with FinTech trail-blazers.
Graves said the postseason experience will benefit returning players such as Vandenberg, a junior forward, and true freshman point guard Maite Cazorla when the program "sets the bar higher" with one of the nation's top recruiting classes arriving on campus this summer.
Although iPhone 5s sports a M7 chip that can monitor movement and steps, Samsung sets the bar higher by having all the health features on Galaxy S5.
Having made a career out of refusing to race over fences, connections produced a master stroke by winning a Doncaster maiden with Mad Moose, but Songcraft sets the bar higher.
The NEW M-Class sets the bar higher for a Luxury SUV in driver's delight, passenger convenience and overall safety, a testimony of which is the prestigious EURO NCAP 5 Star rating awarded to the vehicle.
"When an organization employs people that care and that continuously sets the bar higher and higher, this is the type organization I want to be associated with because their energy and enthusiasm drives everyone else to give back in the same manner," said Byron M.