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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
1545-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Water-level data from sensors at selected locations were compared to corresponding high-water mark elevations.
  • Its publication was the high-water mark of the idealistic tide.
  • Yet this could be a high-water mark for the euro-area economy.
  • Yet that case was something of a high-water mark for the commission.
  • Legally, everything below the high-water mark is public property.
  • There are some who believe that the high-water mark of concern about corporate governance was last year.
  • Ocean cruises with moonlit decks and visits to exotic ports set a high-water mark when it comes to romance.
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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Idioms and Phrases with high-water mark

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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