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high-water mark

[ hahy-waw-ter, -wot-er ]


  1. a mark showing the highest level reached by a body of water.
  2. the highest point of anything; acme:

    Her speech was the high-water mark of the conference.

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
  1. the highest point

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Word History and Origins

Origin of high-water mark1

First recorded in 1545–55

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Idioms and Phrases

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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Example Sentences

Jane Doe is one massive boundary-pushing explosion of riffs and emotion that set a new high-water mark for heavy music.

From Time

So if debut episodes are likely to be the high-water marks for viewership, then doling out those debuts would be a way to ration GRPs.

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Maybe the high-water mark for optimism came in 2014-15, when Paul Pierce joined Beal and John Wall for an enthralling playoff run.

It turns out that 2020 represents the high-water mark for share of play-action on passing plays across the league.

Within Campbell’s scheme on defense, Iowa State is compressing the pocket and bothering opposing quarterbacks, setting all-time team high-water marks in sack and pressure rate.

At its electoral high-water mark in 1992, Meretz won 250,000 votes.

I believe we're witnessing the high water mark for "People should be able to do whatever they want, and it's none of my business."

The high-water mark remains 14,164.53, on October 11, 2007.

The high water mark of his stated quest to rehab our reputation occurred in Cairo, in a speech titled “A New Beginning.”

But even if they do, there is good reason to believe that the Democratic Party has reached its high-water mark.

The title to the bed of all lakes, ponds, and navigable rivers to the ordinary high-water mark is vested in the states.

It is the high-water mark of the Rebellion,—a turning-point of history and of human destiny!

Turtles visited the island in great numbers, and deposited their eggs in holes made in the sand above high-water mark.

They found a dry log to sit upon, a great tree trunk cast by a storm above high-water mark.

"Say he is dull," put in Alphonse, whose gaiety was at high-water mark.


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