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low-water mark

noun
1.
the lowest point reached by a low tide.
2.
something indicating the bottom of a decline.
3.
the lowest or least admirable level:
the low-water mark of political chicanery.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30
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British Dictionary definitions for low water mark

low-water mark

noun
1.
the level reached by seawater at low tide or by other stretches of water at their lowest level
2.
the lowest point or level; nadir
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