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high water

water at its greatest elevation, as in a river.
Origin of high water

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.
1855-60, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for high water
  • Using desert plants in the rest of the landscape helps compensate for the lawn's high water usage.
  • The intervening land is cut up by bayous filled from the river in high water-many of them navigable for steamers.
  • They seem to mark a high water mark in typography and offset printing.
  • Good salt, apparently, has a relatively high water content.
  • And include water that is spilled during high water conditions.
  • The human body isn't especially flammable, she reasons, and has high water content.
  • According to the scientists, its presence is a good sign: one of high water quality.
  • At high water the river spread and rose even higher.
  • In the early days, below-ground burial was not possible because of the high water table.
  • Almost the entire business district and a large residential area are affected by high water.
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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Slang definitions & phrases for high water

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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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