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high-water mark

[hahy-waw-ter, -wot-er] /ˈhaɪˈwɔ tər, -ˈwɒt ər/
a mark showing the highest level reached by a body of water.
the highest point of anything; acme:
Her speech was the high-water mark of the conference.
Origin of high-water mark
First recorded in 1545-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • A dessert service of which this forms portion, is a very desirable acquisition, and represents stone china at its high-water mark.

    Chats on Old Earthenware Arthur Hayden
  • This is the spring of the year, when my brook is flowing at high-water mark.

    Electricity for the farm Frederick Irving Anderson
  • The Crusade movement was in a certain sense the high-water mark of the conflict.

    The Rise of the Mediaeval Church Alexander Clarence Flick
  • That is our present high-water mark, and with our high-water mark we must learn to be satisfied.

  • Sometimes I have seen a “high-water mark” right down the middle of the cheek or just under the jaws or chin.

    The Child's Day Woods Hutchinson
British Dictionary definitions for high-water mark

high-water mark

  1. the level reached by sea water at high tide or by other stretches of water in flood
  2. the mark indicating this level
the highest point
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high-water mark

The peak of something, especially an achievement. For example, This composition is the high-water mark of his entire output. This expression alludes to the highest mark left on shore by the tide. [ Mid-1800s ]
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