Definition of high-water mark in English:

high-water mark


  • 1The level reached by the sea at high tide, or by a lake or river in time of flood.

    • ‘So, in our submission, the mean high-water mark is the average point to which the sea reaches between those times.’
    • ‘The mosque stood on a grassy bank just above the high-water mark.’
    • ‘South Africa claims that the border is at the high-water mark on the northern side of the river while Namibia insists it is in the middle of the river.’
    • ‘Above the high-water mark are the beaches or the coastline.’
    • ‘We have to protect that strip of land that is from the high-water mark to the low-water mark.’
    high level, high point, record level, peak, record, high water mark
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    1. 1.1 A maximum recorded level or value.
      ‘unemployment and crime both stand at a high-water mark’
      • ‘During their Saturday night performance, the group hit their high-water mark, and the dancers, according to Cochran, reached their peak.’
      • ‘In his treatment of Edmond's Wellington Letter this self-preoccupation reaches a new high-water mark.’
      • ‘Here, Shostakovich's progressive rediscovery of the baroque reached its high-water mark.’
      • ‘But despite a laudable sense of ambition, neither is it anywhere close to the high-water marks of Harvest or Rust Never Sleeps.’
      • ‘One high-water mark of excitement was reached, naturally enough, in 1984; another was in 2003, for the centennial celebrations of Orwell's birth.’
      • ‘Murrow was always the high-water mark for broadcast journalists.’
      • ‘The equity-stake tactics reached their high-water mark during the Internet bubble.’
      • ‘The blues would appear to have reached a high-water mark of prominence and esteem lately.’
      • ‘Perhaps the high-water mark of the Baptist Congress was reached in 1904 as delegates met at commodious Broadway Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky.’
      • ‘I did enjoy one championship season as the starting left halfback on an undefeated team, but that was the high-water mark.’
      • ‘That's far too long for a high-water mark to stand.’
      • ‘My journey to the heart of the American South was reaching its high-water mark, and I needed to begin the trip back north.’
      • ‘During World War II, which is still considered the high-water mark for modern war reporting, journalists reported from every theater.’
      • ‘By the turn of the century, the graduation rate had dropped 7 percentage points from its high-water mark of 77 percent in 1969.’
      • ‘Nagle was certainly the high-water mark or the low-water mark depending on your point of view.’
      • ‘The 1999 show in Orlando set the high-water mark at 22,623.’
      • ‘And, according to the movers and shakers in the special-market departments of the major record conglomerates, the high-water mark has yet to be reached.’
      • ‘I think he'll be a fine major leaguer, but it's not a sure thing and this could very well be the high-water mark for his value.’
      • ‘Board of Education stands as a high-water mark in the modern civil rights movement.’
      • ‘But 7-9 in 2004 has been the high-water mark for Capers in Houston.’
      climax, pinnacle, peak, high point, highest point, height, high water mark, top, summit, crest, zenith, crowning moment, apotheosis
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