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’
- ‘This year, the judges said that they raised the bar.’
- ‘I think this speech tonight raised the bar for what was already a very significant Republican challenge.’
- ‘He insisted that the interpretation that this would ultimately lower the bar was not quite accurate.’
- ‘Linkin Park have raised the bar high for hook laden pop metal.’
- ‘His running mate has just raised the bar.’
- ‘The bill does not lower the bar.’
- ‘So maybe lowering the bar is a good thing.’
- ‘Ivan Fischer is the person, once a relationship is cultivated, to raise the bar.’
- ‘However, with your latest project, you really are raising the bar.’
- ‘We are confident that next year's rendition of the contest will raise the bar once again.’
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