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high-water mark

[hahy-waw-ter, -wot-er] /ˈhaɪˈwɔ tər, -ˈwɒt ər/
noun
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.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55
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British Dictionary definitions for highwater mark

high-water mark

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