One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Lower (or raise) the standards which need to be met in order to qualify for something.‘the restaurant raised the bar for contemporary Scottish cuisine in the capital’
- ‘He insisted that the interpretation that this would ultimately lower the bar was not quite accurate.’
- ‘However, with your latest project, you really are raising the bar.’
- ‘Linkin Park have raised the bar high for hook laden pop metal.’
- ‘Ivan Fischer is the person, once a relationship is cultivated, to raise the bar.’
- ‘I think this speech tonight raised the bar for what was already a very significant Republican challenge.’
- ‘The bill does not lower the bar.’
- ‘We are confident that next year's rendition of the contest will raise the bar once again.’
- ‘His running mate has just raised the bar.’
- ‘So maybe lowering the bar is a good thing.’
- ‘This year, the judges said that they raised the bar.’
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