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high water

water at its greatest elevation, as in a river.
Origin of high water
First recorded in 1545-55

high waters

plural noun, Slang.
trousers short enough to expose the ankles, especially as worn by growing children whom they earlier fit.
Also called flooders.
An Americanism dating back to 1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "But it was high water then, and now it's the ebby tide," he told himself.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • This high water,” said Gordon, “has kept you back considerably.

    The Greater Power Harold Bindloss
  • high water floods all of them, and the infection goes with the tide.

    In Happy Valley

    John Fox
  • The first point to be ascertained is the time of high water.

    Time and Tide

    Robert S. (Robert Stawell) Ball
  • It's just high water now—the highest, fullest tide of the month.

    The Root of Evil

    Thomas Dixon
British Dictionary definitions for high water

high water

another name for high tide (sense 1)
the state of any stretch of water at its highest level, as during a flood
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high waters

noun phrase

(also high water pants or high waders or flood pants) Trousers that are shorter than current fashion dictates, esp that end above the ankles: Look at his high waters!

[fr the notion that the trousers have been chosen or rolled up for walking through high water]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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