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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To be selected, nominations must not only show that the nominee organisation has executed its project well, but that it has done so in uncommon, innovative ways: pioneering a new technology, applying a familiar technology to a new purpose, or setting the bar higher for their organisation's security objectives.
We keep setting the bar higher each year and the lads did it again this year.
But with the Falcons growing in confidence as the elimination round heads into its final stretch, Pumaren is setting the bar higher for his team that looked more lethal than ever last night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.
We must not await another 60 years before setting the bar higher.
com)-- While the conventional x-Si solar technologies is approaching its theoretical conversion limit, alternative photovoltaic (PV) technologies are setting the bar higher and higher, gradually changing the landscape of the global solar market.
Setting the bar higher, he joins Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker, George Sisler and Ichiro Suzuki as the only players with 220 or more hits, a .
Today, as a chemistry professor at McMaster University, Schrobilgen is setting the bar higher, working with an international team to achieve the first compound containing an element with a formal oxidation state of IX.
Frank Klein, Head of Production, Mercedes-Benz Vans, had the following to say at the vehicle s production launch in the Vitoria plant: Our new Mercedes-Benz Vito is setting the bar higher for mid-size vans.
I firmly believe that the day the track opens its gates it will be the premier venue for greyhound racing in the country across all departments and, setting the bar higher than ever before, could provide the model for future developments within the industry.
The Middle East market continues to see the advent of more luxury hotels each year and this is setting the bar higher for delivering outstanding guest satisfaction standards.
My colleagues and I decided on taking a different route and setting the bar higher.
RCA is setting the bar higher this year than in 2011, when they collected Dh90 million.
Similarly Martin Ainscough is setting the bar higher every year.
To be selected, applicants must show not only that they have executed their project well, but that they have done so in uncommon, innovative ways: pioneering a new technology, applying a familiar technology to a new purpose, setting the bar higher for their competitors.
Some companies are setting the bar higher by offering policies geared toward transgender employees--those whose public identity does not conform to conventional male and female roles.