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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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Summary: New Delhi [India], Oct 31 (ANI): Women today aren't simply following fashion trends but are also setting the bar high as trendsetters themselves with their dynamic attitude.
In all, 207 children and 12 institutions took part, and set new standards of record-breaking excellence through excellent sportsmanship, setting the bar high for next year.
Setting the bar high, rail minister Suresh Prabhu has envisioned plans for the state-owned transporter to become "technology leaders" in ultra high speed rail technologies to operate trains at speed of 500 kilometres per hour.
Having a [best practices] manual setting the bar high," according to UK-based consultant Clive Munnings, "demonstrates that an insurer seeks to provide the best possible service.
For African cinema neophytes, there can surely be no superior introduction to the films of Ousmane Sembene than, well, the films of Ousmane Sembene: The late Senegalese novelist and filmmaker's scorching brand of political cinema has lost none of its rhetorical and sensory immediacy over the years, setting the bar high for any filmmaker attempting a contemporary appraisal of his work.
The price per bottle starts at $15 dollars, setting the bar high for a still young wine producing market.
TOMMY Kincaid is setting the bar high again for Lisburn Distillery this season.
Jon Doig insists Scotland have no regrets over setting the bar high for Games hopefuls – because it will carry them closer to the podium.
Ja Rule made his mark on the world of rap and collaborative R&B in the late '90s and early 2000s, setting the bar high for competition with timeless hits such as Ain't It Funny with Jennifer Lopez, Always on Time with Ashanti, Between Me & You with Christina Milian, and Wonderful with R.
Smith had tongue slightly in cheek, of course, but it's safe to say he's setting the bar high at the Saddlers these days.
Canan zdemir and Ferit Baltacioglu have been key to the cityOs burgeoning creative scene with their House Cafs, already setting the bar high.
SoHo is setting the bar high for New York's top fashion districts," said Joseph J.
As the world talks and preaches environmentally friendly skies, we at Qatar Airways are setting the bar high for others to follow.
With a 50-year history of working with industry and setting the bar high for corporate training and development, MDC has created the institute to ensure the industry has a steady pool of qualified and highly trained employees.
We are setting the bar high, and we've got to keep on building for the World Cup next year.