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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"These four amazing women leaders serve as role models, breaking barriers and setting the bar high for their accomplishments professionally and to the community," said BACC President/CEO Suzanne Corr.
LAHORE -- Setting the bar high as always, TECNO MOBILE flew its best-selling dealers, distributors and best performing employees out on an exciting tour of the UK where they also visited the Etihad Stadium, home of Manchester City Football Club.
Since the award began in 2016, this is the second time the RAH has been given the accolade and judges said the hospital's orthopaedic team are setting the bar high for other hospitals across the country.
The doting mother has been making a number of public appearances along side her daughter, the two have been setting the bar high when it comes to making a style statement and Shweta's Instagram is a proof of that!
Nicosia Mall is setting the bar high with state of the art technologies
I would like to thank them both for our totally 'unshow biz' friendship, and for always setting the bar high. They make the maddening show biz circus worthwhile.
Our team played well and pulled through to a victory for Khimji Ramdas, setting the bar high for victory at next year's edition of the Annual Insurance Broker Bowling Championship,' said Vikaus Siingh, business head of KR Insurance Services.
QUETTA:Yasir Jan Notezai has bagged the second position in the International Climate Olympiad held in Kenya, setting the bar high for other school students aspiring to make Pakistan proud.
QUETTA -- Yasir Jan Notezai has bagged the second position in the International Climate Olympiad held in Kenya, setting the bar high for other school students aspiring to make Pakistan proud.
With its exclusive selection of international designer brands such as Bottega Veneta, Burberry, Celine, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci and Tom Ford, Breuninger has been setting the bar high in fashion, beauty and lifestyle for more than 135 years.
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.
"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." In claims, as in life, nothing is wrong with reaching for the stars.
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 spokeswoman said in recent years relative temperatures for early of October have seen high temperatures of up to 30 degrees in some parts of the UK - setting the bar high.