Definition of high in English:

high

adjective

  • 1Of great vertical extent.

    ‘the top of a high mountain’
    ‘the mast was higher than the tallest building in the city’
    • ‘Alice Springs is surrounded by high black mountains, similar to the mountains of Mecca.’
    • ‘They are planning to install high fences and replace the smashed windows, which have been boarded up.’
    • ‘It was a place untouched by man, for the mountain was far too high, and far too treacherous.’
    • ‘The conditions in the high mountains were hard and four of our group turned back.’
    • ‘It is a country dominated by high peaks and wide flat stretches of lava field, powerful waterfalls and creaking glaciers.’
    • ‘Old rocks predominate and high hills and mountains are more common.’
    • ‘Climbing and trekking are obvious income sources for countries endowed with high mountain ranges.’
    • ‘The open area is secured by high boarding and is used for car parking.’
    • ‘He said policing the gardens was difficult as they were secluded and surrounded by a high hedge and fence.’
    • ‘In the centre of the 10 km deep crater is a mountain almost as high as Mount Everest.’
    • ‘Watch the skies if you happen to be walking near any high buildings.’
    • ‘It's the one thing that will keep you going when that mountain seems just too high to climb.’
    • ‘To the south there are high mountains, covered in thick spring snow.’
    • ‘Climatic effects are accentuated on the high elevations of these mountain ranges.’
    • ‘Although the new policy is a little late for the downtown area, which is already over-crowded with high buildings, there is still a lot the city can do to improve the situation.’
    • ‘In the high mountains, where there are large falls of snow, there can also be avalanches.’
    • ‘The terraced waterfalls are picturesque against the backdrop of high, green mountains.’
    • ‘Crystal clear streams flow down from the high mountains into the Datong River.’
    • ‘Veteran climbers bemoan the increasing commercialisation of high peaks such as Everest and K2.’
    • ‘Sherpas, well known as mountain guides and porters, live in the high mountains of E. Nepal.’
    tall, lofty, towering, soaring, elevated, giant, big
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    1. 1.1 (after a measurement and in questions) measuring a specified distance from top to bottom.
      ‘a tree forty feet high’
      ‘how high is the fence?’
      • ‘The fox cleared a six-foot high fence to get among the chickens and would have killed them all had it not been disturbed.’
      • ‘In the middle of the field there was a square-shaped, flat-roofed building, about eight feet high.’
      • ‘Police closed the promenade in Blackpool to motorists as waves dozens of feet high pounded the seafront.’
      • ‘Deep in the heart of Central India there is a wild forest surrounded by sheer 1,200 feet high cliffs.’
      • ‘It is only dangerous if you attempt to climb up on to the wall, which he seems to forget is about five feet high!’
      • ‘North Ossetian president Alexander Dzasokhov said the glacier was 150m high.’
      • ‘‘How high is it?’ asked Holmes. ‘It is just over a metre high.’’
      • ‘The two-and-a-half tonne boat was lowered down a sheer cliff 200 ft high.’
      • ‘He was not able to stand up in the space, which was about three feet six inches high.’
      • ‘Her tomato plants are more than four feet high and have given us a constant supply of tomatoes all summer.’
      • ‘The project aims to build 165 wind turbines, 400 feet high, in the hills above Tregaron.’
      • ‘The New Year's Day wave passed just under the 30-metre high platform of the North Alwyn rig.’
      • ‘They say the company's proposal to build a 7m high building on the site, which backs on to a number of homes in Gilhams Avenue, is unnecessary and intrusive.’
      • ‘On the west side of the rock is a vertical wall about 8m high, covered in white and orange anemones.’
      • ‘The structure was mounted between two walls, each 70 feet long and 50 feet high.’
      • ‘The alley was a dead end; the granite wall at the end was at least twelve feet high.’
      • ‘The land rises abruptly to highland ridges with mountain summits as high as 3000 feet.’
      • ‘Because of the extreme snow that had hit the region this winter, the snow was five feet high.’
      • ‘The tide was in, and the breakers were a good twenty to thirty feet high when they hit the harbour wall.’
      • ‘Its ceilings are barely five feet high, because the only people who worked there were child labourers.’
    2. 1.2 Far above ground, sea level, or another point of reference.
      ‘a fortress high up on a hill’
      • ‘The plant is easy to propagate, and tolerates poor soil, high altitudes, and harsh climates.’
      • ‘Alpine plants are those that are naturally found in high altitudes.’
      • ‘Rare species of bird inhabit the higher branches of the trees.’
      • ‘It's more likely to occur if you're exercising in hot weather or at a high altitude.’
      • ‘In common with the living room, the dining area has a high ceiling and a fireplace.’
      • ‘Most sports utility vehicles are so high off the ground that your dog has to be virtually airborne or a St Bernard to be able to climb in.’
      • ‘Inland, a high central plateau drops eastward towards the vegetated dunes of the Kalahari Desert.’
      • ‘Because of its high altitude, it is typically one of the first Scottish roads to be closed during bad winter weather.’
      • ‘The window was much too high up for her to reach, but unlike the one in the bathroom, it was large enough for her to squeeze through.’
      • ‘You enter a long narrow main room with a shimmering disco ball hanging from a high ceiling.’
      • ‘Remember that the overland trip will help you acclimatize to the high altitude.’
      • ‘At high altitudes, the thin air makes it hard to breathe unless the cabin is pressurized.’
      • ‘It's another gorgeous day. There were some high cirrus clouds earlier and it looks like they're coming back, but, for the most part, it's just been beautiful.’
      • ‘Ben knew Joe had a fear of heights, and the ledge was high off the ground.’
      • ‘Filming at high altitude in the Peruvian Andes wasn't always much fun.’
      • ‘Few people have ever survived such a serious injury at such high altitude.’
      • ‘This area has a wonderfully high ceiling and gets plenty of natural light through a large window and patio doors.’
      • ‘I didn't get a hint of back-ache from the driving seat, or from pulling gear in and out of the high luggage area.’
      • ‘The speakers will be installed throughout the station in inaccessible or high areas to stop them being vandalised.’
      • ‘To the left of the reception hall is the drawing room with an attractive period fireplace, original wooden floors, high ceilings and large windows.’
      in the air, in the sky, high up, up, up above, on high, overhead, above
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    3. 1.3 Extending above the normal or average level.
      ‘a round face with a high forehead’
      • ‘She wore her hair in a high bun and even applied a little kohl around her eyes and some red rouge on her cheeks and lips.’
      • ‘He had dark red hair and rather elven looking features - high cheekbones, sharp chin.’
      • ‘The forehead is high and serious, and the hair, which one feels to be fine and thick and fair, drawn off it and lying close like a cap.’
      • ‘Once in bog at the bottom of the coulee, one can see that the high grass is covered with grey silt.’
      • ‘His hair was receding at the front and he had a high forehead.’
      • ‘Possessing a high forehead and pale skin was the most important factor of Renaissance beauty.’
      • ‘Light brown hair was brushed back from a high forehead except for a few locks which fell forward.’
      • ‘Michelle says that really I should have a fringe because I have a high forehead.’
      • ‘She's either not made up or has applied very subtle cosmetics to her high forehead and cute snub nose.’
      • ‘Dark curls, cropped close to his skull, give way to a high forehead and a strong jaw.’
      • ‘Her broad flat forehead and high cheekbones catch the light from the windows behind them.’
      • ‘Beads of sweat formed on his high forehead.’
      • ‘There's the bold, aquiline nose, to be sure; the high, intelligent forehead and strong chin.’
      • ‘Councillors in Melksham have backed a hairdresser's call for action over a dangerous high pavement in the town.’
      • ‘Elsie was a petite woman with thick waves of dark hair and a high forehead.’
      • ‘He was more curious about the decorated headband crowning the man's high forehead.’
      • ‘In most patients with a high forehead, or in males with a receding hairline, the incision is placed at the frontal hairline.’
      • ‘The face is pale and perhaps slightly unearthly, with a high forehead sharply defined against red-gold hair.’
      • ‘Crossing his legs in front of him, he leans back against the high pillows and closes his eyes.’
      • ‘The grass right now is thick and high, but there are rumours it's going to be cut down.’
    4. 1.4attributive (of territory or landscape) inland and well above sea level.
      ‘high prairies’
      • ‘This species ranged the high grasslands of western North America from Alaska to Mexico, while a lighter-built species (Arctodus pristinus) with smaller teeth inhabited the more heavily wooded Atlantic coastal region.’
      • ‘The traditional territory contains a diversity of landscapes with rugged mountains and numerous valleys and high prairies.’
    5. 1.5attributive Performed at, to, or from a considerable height.
      ‘high diving’
      • ‘Southall was finally booked for his second late and high lunge on the Norwegian Riise inside five minutes.’
      • ‘In terms of risk, this is on a par with high diving into a piranha pool.’
      • ‘Born in Thirsk in 192, he excelled early in a variety of sports, and became a champion in boxing, high diving, and pole vaulting.’
      • ‘The leaps and jumps were high and spectacular to watch, yet the dancers made it appear effortless.’
    6. 1.6 (of latitude) close to 90°; near the North or South Pole.
      ‘high southern latitudes’
      • ‘It is found in the recently glaciated areas of the Northern hemisphere and high latitudes in the Southern hemisphere.’
      • ‘The theory says the high latitudes should warm up more than the lower latitudes.’
      • ‘These then flow from the high latitudes, circulating cool water throughout the world's ocean basins.’
      • ‘They also occur more often in the winter and in the middle to high latitudes rather than near to the equator.’
      • ‘Lack of sun in the later part of the day is why winter is so famously bleak at high latitudes.’
    7. 1.7Baseball (of a pitched ball) above a certain level, such as the batter's armpits, as it crosses home plate, and thus outside the strike zone.
      • ‘Opponents try to tempt him with high fastballs out of the zone and breaking balls down and away.’
      • ‘In a year or two, he was able to hit the high fastball or at least take the pitch.’
      • ‘He's focusing on balance to avoid lunging for high pitches out of the strike zone.’
      • ‘De los Santos uses a high fastball as his out pitch and has an average slider and splitter.’
      • ‘Jim Edmonds of the Cardinals led off the top of the ninth inning with a high fly down the left field line.’
  • 2Great, or greater than normal, in quantity, size, or intensity.

    ‘a high temperature’
    ‘fudge is high in calories’
    • ‘Cashews are high in protein and carbohydrate as well as being rich in vitamin A.’
    • ‘But one of the factors that made cancer treatment expensive was the high cost of the drugs.’
    • ‘Waves on Puget Sound were so high that day that only four crew members could row.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, melt the remaining butter and the oil in a frying pan, add the mushrooms and fry over a high heat until golden brown.’
    • ‘Staff are also expressing concerns over job security, high workloads and excessive hours.’
    • ‘The normal purpose of any cartel is to keep prices high by controlling supply and demand.’
    • ‘Although he was earning a relatively high salary, he found the job extremely stressful.’
    • ‘Ten of those caught face a court appearance, mostly because they were clocked doing excessively high speeds.’
    • ‘This three-bedroom period house has been extended and renovated to a very high standard.’
    • ‘This area has high unemployment, and mortality is above the national average.’
    • ‘Many of us eat to excess and eat too many foods with a high sugar content.’
    • ‘The chilly weather and high wind affected his performance, according to Zhang.’
    • ‘He added that staff would be asked to work extra hours to cope with the high volume of business during the festive period.’
    • ‘This often means they pay workers low wages and charge customers high prices.’
    • ‘My personal opinion on the speed limits of this country is that they are too high for residential areas.’
    • ‘The firm says demand for industrial property from purchasers in the West Yorkshire area is high.’
    • ‘As a result, many people may find they are actually over-insured and paying unnecessarily high premiums.’
    • ‘He said the area had a high percentage of children under four, and many parents were without family support.’
    • ‘Chickpeas are exceptionally high in protein and very low in fat, making them an ideal food.’
    • ‘Educational standards in the area are high, particularly among younger people.’
    inflated, excessive, unreasonable, overpriced, sky-high, unduly expensive, dear, costly, top, exorbitant, extortionate, outrageous, prohibitive
    strong, powerful, violent, intense, extreme, forceful, sharp, stiff
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    1. 2.1 Of large numerical or monetary value.
      ‘they had been playing for high stakes’
      • ‘The first deal is decided between two opponents who each cut the cards - whoever cuts the higher card has the slight advantage of dealing first.’
      • ‘But poker is most interesting when the stakes are high and small fortunes rest on the draw of a card.’
      • ‘The only difference is the stakes are significantly higher.’
      • ‘You are 65, but you played for high stakes over several years, and eventually you lost.’
      • ‘It seems to me that many in the U.S. don't quite appreciate how high the stakes are.’
      • ‘It was one of the most daring missions of the Second World War - and the stakes had never been higher.’
    2. 2.2 Very favorable.
      ‘nature had provided him with an admirably high opinion of himself’
      • ‘Like many people he doesn't have a very high opinion of them claiming that they were put on this planet to make solicitors look good!’
      • ‘People had held her in high esteem fancying that her withdrawal from public life was a sort of silent homage to her martyred husband.’
      • ‘Mr Blass is looking forward to the operation being fully up and running in Sligo, an area he holds in high esteem.’
      • ‘I don't mind you talking about me to your friends, but it doesn't seem any of them have a very high opinion of me. maybe rightly.’
      • ‘Self-esteem means having a high opinion of ourselves regardless of what we may or may not have done to earn it.’
      • ‘I hold you in very high esteem, and have held you in very high esteem throughout that period.’
      • ‘The selectors have got a high opinion of Justin Marshall as a person and as a player.’
      • ‘It did not take long for the cricketing community to realise why Cronje was admired and held in high esteem.’
      • ‘The fact that Britain's No 2 has a ferocious serve and a high opinion of his own abilities only makes matters worse.’
      • ‘If you are in Government you appoint people whom you can work with, and whom you have a high opinion of.’
      • ‘I am delighted he has been so impressed by our care and has such a high opinion of our staff.’
      • ‘but, in common with other members of the family, he had a very high opinion of himself.’
      • ‘We cannot have too low an opinion of ourselves or too high an opinion of Christ.’
      • ‘The police are not held in high regard in some areas and their self-esteem and image have been damaged.’
      • ‘He does not hold the pastor in high regard and often considers his homilies burdensome.’
      • ‘You have always said you wanted to work with Sean Penn, because you had a very high opinion of him.’
      • ‘Many people close to the club have a high opinion of him and we are quickly finding out why.’
      • ‘I have, as you know, an extremely high regard for the men and women in the Australian Defence Force.’
      • ‘The media baron has always had a high opinion of himself and a low one of many others.’
      • ‘Hearing it again after years only confirmed my high opinion of the score.’
      favourable, good, positive, approving, admiring, complimentary, commendatory, appreciative, flattering, glowing, adulatory, approbatory, rapturous, full of praise
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    3. 2.3 Extreme in religious or political views.
      ‘the high Christology of the Christian creeds’
      • ‘Christina, like her mother and sister Maria, was a devout High Anglican, much influenced by the Tractarians.’
      • ‘The most striking characteristic of this political approach is the author's patent partiality and clear adherence to high Tory principles.’
    4. 2.4 (of a period or movement) at its peak.
      ‘high summer’
      • ‘This is one of the best spots in the country, but it's cold even in high summer.’
      • ‘It gets so crowded here in high summer that there's often no room to sit down, let alone lay out a towel.’
      • ‘It was high summer, and the grass shone green even as the powerful winds caused it to ripple and shimmer.’
      • ‘Spain's Balearic islands are now among the in places to see and be seen in high summer.’
      • ‘The low winter sun is much more favourable for good photography than high summer brilliance.’
      • ‘You can spot all these features from your cliff path when the water is clear during high summer.’
      • ‘The leaves had lost the fresh green of early summer and taken on the darker bronzy tinge of high summer.’
      • ‘The human body was the main preoccupation of High Renaissance artists and they often depicted it nude.’
      • ‘The air had been washed down, sweeping away the usual mist that hangs over the Greek Islands in high summer.’
      • ‘Moving into high summer, there are literally dozens of plants to choose from.’
      • ‘As it progresses the music evokes images of South Sea islands in balmy high summer.’
      • ‘The passionate retelling of Shakespeare's tragic story is set in the Italian city of Verona during high summer.’
      • ‘If succulent plants are kept out in the high summer months then they get affected.’
      • ‘The existing public lavatory is used by 600 people a day in high summer.’
      • ‘Don't go to Spain in high summer as it becomes very hot, especially away from coastal breezes.’
      • ‘The work is considered a masterpiece in the use of perspective and in the portrayal of the artistic ideals of the High Renaissance.’
      • ‘This is Yorkshire in high summer, so it's pouring with rain this morning.’
      • ‘It was high summer when I was there and as the days rolled on and flawless blue sky followed flawless blue sky, it began to get a little boring.’
      • ‘It seems like only a fortnight ago it was high summer - hot sweaty summer - but now all of a sudden it's autumn.’
      • ‘In the blistering heat of high summer, it is literally too hot for study and so youngsters get a couple of months off.’
  • 3Great in rank, status, or importance.

    ‘financial security is high on your list of priorities’
    ‘he held high office in professional organizations’
    • ‘He said this situation had put the issue of imports very high on the agenda.’
    • ‘Frank just happened to have a family member who had a high position in Microsoft.’
    • ‘Arthur Balfour unexpectedly rewarded him by appointing him Chancellor of the Exchequer, a higher office than he had ever received under the Liberals or the Lloyd George coalition.’
    • ‘At that point in time, the impending smoking ban and the effect it would have on drink sales were high on the agenda.’
    • ‘Press conferences are usually reserved for those higher in the chain of command.’
    • ‘For someone in such a high position to dismiss and discount this argument is really worrying.’
    • ‘Politics is much more of a closed shop in Britain and Australia than it is in the US. You have to have go through a certain lengthy career path in the party and parliament before standing for any high office.’
    • ‘None of his are thought through, a dangerous fault for someone so high in Government.’
    • ‘He also achieved a high position in the Academy at Geneva, becoming its rector.’
    • ‘He stressed that other high positions in the organisation are filled by those committed to conservation.’
    • ‘Getting water is high on everyone's list of priorities and takes up a good part of a resident's time.’
    • ‘What is it like for a woman in Taiwan to rise to such a high position, and what challenges have you faced?’
    • ‘Finding a permanent home for the campus is high on the university's agenda.’
    • ‘In addition to housing and employment, education and tackling crime are also high on their agenda.’
    • ‘Lydon has much to offer, but Woodward elevated him to high office incredibly early in his coaching career.’
    • ‘Robert Altman has definitely made better films, but this one must rank high on the list.’
    • ‘The escalating problem of unruly, yobbish behaviour is now high on the agenda for politicians of all persuasions.’
    • ‘Road traffic accident reduction is a high priority for North Yorkshire firefighters and our partners.’
    • ‘Respect for the preservation of the environment was high on his sense of priorities.’
    • ‘We have many women in high positions in the Church especially working in parishes.’
    high-ranking, high-level, leading, top, top-level, prominent, eminent, pre-eminent, foremost, senior, influential, distinguished, powerful, important, elevated, notable, principal, prime, premier, chief, main, upper, ruling, exalted, illustrious
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    1. 3.1 Ranking above others of the same kind.
      ‘they announced the High Commissioner's retirement’
      • ‘Brian Ború was crowned King of Munster here in 977 and he became High King of Ireland in 1002.’
      • ‘The site was considered the capital of Ireland, when it became the seat of the High King, who would rule the dozens of kingdoms that had emerged across the country.’
    2. 3.2 Morally or culturally superior.
      ‘they believed that nature was driven by something higher than mere selfishness’
      • ‘Her films and writings establish an exchange between high and popular culture, art and commerce.’
      • ‘An occasional snobbery still persists - theatre is the high art, film its lesser cousin.’
      • ‘Once realized, this consciousness leads to an awareness of something higher than physical needs, emotional desires, and survival demands dictated by hormones or organs.’
      • ‘It may not have been high art, but for sheer singalong spectacle and professionalism it was unbeatable.’
      • ‘Persian was the court language and the language of literature and of high culture.’
      • ‘Chapter 7 looks at the part that the Bible has played in high and popular culture.’
      • ‘The new Millennium wing at the National Gallery represents the marriage of high ideals and fine art.’
      • ‘Lisa and I are off for an afternoon of high culture at the theatre.’
      • ‘One final relevant feature of postmodernity is its mixture of popular and high culture.’
      • ‘The Czechs are nothing if not talented musicians with a deep love of fine culture and high art.’
      • ‘The auteur's true genius lies in his ability to combine high art with popular culture.’
      • ‘Ernest's father, a man of high ideals, was very strict and censored the books he allowed his children to read.’
      • ‘During this period the gap between most forms of high culture and popular culture remained wide.’
      • ‘This was a right old mish-mash of high art and low culture, sport and theatre.’
      • ‘While he argues that the opposition of high and low art is wrong, he does so only because he doesn't know what high art is in the first place.’
      • ‘Popular taste is a good guide to the temper of the times, much more so than highbrow high culture.’
      • ‘It would have been the kiss of death for his career - but if he really was motivated by high principles then at least he would know he had done the right thing.’
      • ‘Literature was no exception, and Shakespeare was eagerly received as the epitome of high culture.’
      • ‘What his parents lacked in high culture, they made up for in political principles.’
      • ‘The classics had a profound presence not only in the high culture, but in the inner lives of educated persons.’
      high-minded, noble-minded, lofty, moral, ethical, honourable, admirable, upright, principled, honest, virtuous, righteous
      excellent, outstanding, exemplary, exceptional, admirable, fine, great, good, very good, first-class, first-rate, superior, superlative, superb, commendable, laudable, praiseworthy, meritorious, blameless, faultless, flawless, impeccable, irreproachable, unimpeachable, perfect, unequalled, unparalleled
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  • 4(of a sound or note) having a frequency at the upper end of the auditory range.

    ‘a high, squeaky voice’
    • ‘She has this really high shrill voice that makes me cringe every time she speaks.’
    • ‘As they cross into his yard, their voices fade to a dull murmur punctuated by high laughter.’
    • ‘Her voice could reach such a high pitch, that it could actually cause a dog to lose its sanity.’
    • ‘Her voice was high and almost childish as she gave the man a playful swat on the arm.’
    • ‘The best singers started their song at a low pitch to suit the range with which their voices are able to cope, and did not try songs which required them to reach high notes.’
    • ‘Did you know that as human ears age, they lose the ability to pick up high pitches?’
    • ‘A high whining sound came from the other end, and he held the phone away from his ear, rolling his eyes and grimacing.’
    • ‘The intro was played softly and her voice was high and sweet, singing the melody.’
    • ‘All of a sudden, the stillness of the air was torn by the loud, shrill sound of a klaxon wailing at high pitch.’
    • ‘The sound of the drill is high and shrill and shatters the silence in my room.’
    • ‘‘You're hurt,’ she said in her high childish voice.’
    • ‘A high sing-song voice rang from the kitchen and a woman appeared.’
    high-pitched, high-frequency, soprano, treble, falsetto, shrill, acute, sharp, piping, piercing, penetrating
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    1. 4.1 (of a singer or instrument) producing notes of relatively high pitch.
      ‘a high soprano voice’
      • ‘He wrote several so-called ‘concert’ arias, tailor-made for Aloysia's astonishing high soprano.’
      • ‘The G clef is used for the upper staff of keyboard music, the soprano voice, and the high instruments (e.g. violin or flute).’
      • ‘The cadenzas break down the quintet into low strings (cello and viola), high strings (the two violins), and piano.’
      • ‘His energy in concert was quite inspiring, each song found him stomping about the stage, singing in a high tenor with sparse instrumentation provided by an acoustic guitar.’
  • 5informal predicative Feeling euphoric, especially from the effects of drugs or alcohol.

    ‘some of them were already high on alcohol and Ecstasy’
    ‘he was high on an idea’
    • ‘This wasn't the boy who seemed to be high on opium every time I met him.’
    • ‘This witness also admitted to being high on crack cocaine, marijuana and beer the night of the killing.’
    • ‘It was 2001 when Joe was physically attacked by a passenger he believes was high on drugs.’
    • ‘Maybe I am still high from all the joints I smoked earlier this evening.’
    • ‘He admitted that he had no idea what he was doing on the day of the murders because he was so high on drugs.’
    • ‘During the three-week trial the jury heard Giles, 19, was high on drink and drugs at the time of the attack.’
    • ‘During some of these incidents he admitted to being high on heroin and cocaine.’
    • ‘He is fat, lazy, moody, gluttonous, horny and pretty much constantly drunk or high on hashish.’
    • ‘He used to come home high on marijuana and my little sisters were seeing him like that, so I have seen what drugs can lead to.’
    • ‘In fact, as the hours wore on, I found I was feeling charged and a little high with all the chocolate.’
    • ‘The defence lawyer noted that he was high on crack cocaine at the time of the stabbing.’
    • ‘It was also alleged he rang Miss A in the early hours telling her he was high on cocaine and that he wanted to perform a sex act with her.’
    • ‘I could tell that she had slept hardly at all during the day, she was probably still high from the night before.’
    • ‘Once again a boorish minority, high on drugs or drink, is to blame.’
    • ‘They were pursuing a mirage of infinite wealth in private aeroplanes, high on champagne and designer drugs.’
    intoxicated, inebriated, on drugs, drugged, stupefied, befuddled, delirious, hallucinating
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    1. 5.1 Intoxicated with drugs.
  • 6predicative Unpleasantly strong-smelling, in particular (of food) beginning to go bad.

    • ‘The cheese was rather high, and tended to crumble when we opened the tin, but it was quite edible.’
    gamy, smelly, strong-smelling
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    1. 6.1 (of game) slightly decomposed and so ready to cook.
      • ‘Mine are hung for no more than 2 or 3 days especially over the last few years what with the milder winters. Its a question of taste and how high you like your bird.’
      • ‘The meat was quite high with complex strong flavours, which is just the way I like it.’
      gamy, smelly, strong-smelling
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  • 7Phonetics
    (of a vowel) produced with the tongue relatively near the palate.

    • ‘The symbol ‘i’ in IPA (as in most orthographies) denotes a high front vowel.’
    • ‘New York pronunciation has a long, tense, very round vowel in words like caught, and a long, tense, relatively high vowel in words such as cab.’

noun

  • 1A high point, level, or figure.

    ‘commodity prices were at a rare high’
    • ‘Gasoline prices continue to hit record highs and AAA says the national average for a gallon of self-serve regular now is $2.41.’
    • ‘Records tumbled across Yorkshire yesterday as schools and colleges in the region saw A-level scores hit new highs.’
    • ‘Everyone knows about oil, but wholesale coal prices rose by 40% last year and metal prices, from copper to platinum, still regularly hit new highs.’
    • ‘The IPCC have said that the level of other greenhouse gases is also at an all time high.’
    • ‘The bureau said Monday was the hottest day of the year so far, with a record high of 37.8?’
    • ‘However, with borrowing and debt levels at record highs, buoyancy in these areas could still crumble rapidly if the general view of the economy changes for the worse.’
    • ‘In Finland, sea levels reached record highs, cutting off several coastal roads, but no major damage was reported.’
    • ‘However, economists believe the euro will continue to reach new highs against both the dollar and sterling in the coming months.’
    • ‘This is a big worry, because mortgage debt and consumer credit figures keep hitting new highs every month.’
    • ‘But over the week the Japanese yen leapt to new three-year highs of around Y110.90 against the dollar, signalling that policy may indeed have changed after all.’
    • ‘Coogan's comments follow the publication of figures last week which showed that mortgage lending and levels of personal debt had reached all-time highs.’
    • ‘The banks' gloomy predictions come after the FTSE100 reached new highs in 2003 and its highest level since August 2002.’
    • ‘With the summer heat hitting new highs and the air conditioner not functioning due to power restrictions, I decided that we would take a little expedition to the zoo.’
    • ‘With gasoline hitting new highs, motorists have been doing plenty of grousing at the pumps.’
    • ‘In 2002, unemployment levels reached historic highs of 23 percent, real wages plummeted and the peso was severely devalued.’
    • ‘The jobless figures rose in every state except Western Australia, reaching highs of 9 percent in Queensland and 9.2 percent in Tasmania.’
    • ‘Jiangxi Province in East China has been hot since the beginning of July, with highs over 37 degrees Celsius almost every day.’
    • ‘Equally, the proportion undertaking further study is at a record high.’
    • ‘Temperatures averaged almost 10 degrees above normal with highs reaching the low-to-mid nineties.’
    • ‘Similarly, by early January, the tech stocks that had led the Nasdaq to record levels had plummeted 35 percent from their December highs.’
    high level, high point, record level, peak, record, high water mark
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    1. 1.1 A high-frequency sound or musical note.
      • ‘The Scandinavian sound tends to be clean and full, with aching highs and a harmony that carries in both channels of stereo in a unique way.’
      • ‘The Harman / Kardon speakers produce deep, luscious bass and clear, crisp singing highs.’
      • ‘From the mellow, dark low register to brilliant instrumental highs, his sound is beautiful - like musical crystal.’
      • ‘Like other Bose speaker products, its sound is huge, with tight, crispy highs and deep clean lows.’
      • ‘She improvised the notes, the highs and lows but still stuck to the original song.’
      • ‘Despite the electronics, the music is rather flat and uniform, lacking highs, lows and climaxes.’
      • ‘Quite frankly I was pretty surprised that it sounded pretty good in both music and DVD's, with nice highs even without a single tweeter.’
      • ‘I wanted to use something with plenty of highs and lows, and good use of bass.’
      • ‘Excellent move, because the iRiver's audio quality remains one of the best on the market, with eardrum-busting bass notes or ethereal highs.’
      • ‘Children are particularly sensitive to highs and lows, as well as pitch duration.’
    2. 1.2 A high power setting.
      ‘the vent blower was on high’
      • ‘When the rice is cooked, microwave the cabbage on high for two to three minutes or until soft.’
      • ‘I lie in bed, clad in shorts and a tank top, with the fan on high and all the windows open.’
      • ‘Put the element on high until the water in the bottom pot is boiling, then turn down to medium.’
      • ‘If you are griddling, preheat your ridged grill pan on high for five minutes.’
      • ‘A similar phenomenon occurs when you have a heater set on high in an overheated room with all the windows and doors closed.’
    3. 1.3 An area of high atmospheric pressure; an anticyclone.
      • ‘The high may move northward to cover Scotland or stay stuck just south of the UK.’
      • ‘In the southern hemisphere it is the meeting place of the dry east to southeast winds generated by the subtropical highs, and the moisture-laden northwesterly monsoon winds.’
      • ‘These intermittent highs effectively separate the northwestern trough from the deep-water regions of the Hatton-Rockall and Iceland Basins to the west.’
    4. 1.4 Top gear in a motor vehicle.
      • ‘While Sullivan hasn't reached Mikita and Savard's heights, he has recorded career highs in goals and points in this, his second season with the Hawks.’
  • 2A notably happy or successful moment.

    ‘the highs and lows of life’
    • ‘The crash was one of the lows in a career that has had many highs, notably winning the World Under-21 title in 1993.’
    • ‘Most of these players had never experienced emotional highs and lows of such a magnitude in such a close time period.’
    • ‘From the depths of despair to the ecstatic highs, the Olympics coverage on the BBC has provided us with a roller coaster of emotions bringing out the best in live television over the last couple of weeks.’
    • ‘Jacklin's life has been a roller-coaster of emotions, full of highs and lows.’
    • ‘In more than a quarter of a century of training, Luca Cumani has enjoyed many highs, including success in two Epsom Derbys, but also his fair share of lows.’
    • ‘It was a time of occasional highs and many lows - court appearances, television interviews, press conferences, parliamentary lobbies.’
    • ‘The controversial 27-year-old has suffered an all too familiar emotional rollercoaster ride of highs and lows.’
    • ‘He believed that without lows you couldn't experience highs, and that by getting through our problems together, our relationship was strengthened.’
    • ‘All in all, then, a talented performer with some notable career highs.’
    • ‘As well as the highs, Sheerin has experienced enough of life's lows to ensure he appreciates all that comes his way.’
    • ‘She knows more about racing's highs and lows than anyone, having overcome all manner of hurdles to establish herself at the top of the sport.’
    • ‘The awards give students the opportunity to experience the emotional highs and lows and the practicalities of a live performance.’
    • ‘Married in 1949 to a very successful businessman in India, she has experienced many highs and lows in her life.’
    • ‘It's important to remember that we all experience highs and lows in our fitness programs; it's how you deal with them that matters most.’
    • ‘From his days as an amateur with the late Gordon Richards in the early 1970s, O'Neill has experienced dramatic highs and lows.’
    • ‘John will talk about his own background and experience, sharing the highs and lows of running a successful business.’
    • ‘Like many players, I've experienced the highs and lows which go hand-in-hand with having a career in professional football.’
    • ‘It has been a long year for the Chancellor, one in which he has seen a number of highs, notably the birth of his son.’
    • ‘No candidate is more emotionally prepared for the exhilarating highs and debilitating lows of a presidential marathon.’
    • ‘Three years of touring around America and experiencing the highs and lows of the rock 'n' roll lifestyle followed, with Mankowitz in effect becoming the seventh member of the band.’
    ecstatic, euphoric, delirious, elated, thrilled, overjoyed, beside oneself, walking on air, on cloud nine, on cloud seven, in seventh heaven, jumping for joy, in transports of delight, carried away, transported, rapturous, in raptures, exultant, jubilant, in a frenzy of delight
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    1. 2.1informal A state of high spirits or euphoria.
      ‘the highs I got from cocaine always ended in despair’
      ‘the team is still on a high from Saturday's victory’
      • ‘I want to be clean and healthy and fit for my kids and have normal highs that aren't due to cocaine.’
      • ‘All the tension and knots just disappeared and I was on a high for the rest of the day.’
      • ‘Most of the pilots were still on a high from the manner of the victory.’
      • ‘It could have been better, but thankfully we finished on a high by winning the FA Cup.’
      • ‘Then the homecoming we got in Galway, you'd be on a high for a week after it.’
      • ‘Cannabis does alter your mind. It can make you more irritable, or sometimes depress you, or sometimes put you on a high.’
      • ‘He neither drinks, nor smokes, preferring transcendental meditation to the highs attained through substance abuse.’
      • ‘She claims she now has more energy and inspiration, and is on a permanent natural high.’
      • ‘Fortunately, I was on a high by now, and energy was pouring out of me.’
      • ‘He's gone for a lot of French players but French football is on a real high at the moment.’
      • ‘I was on a high for the rest of the night, and it lasted until the next day.’
      • ‘The neurotransmitter plays a major role in drug-induced highs and in addiction.’
      • ‘There was also a craze for ‘speedballs’ where users take a mix of heroin and crack cocaine to sustain their high.’
      • ‘If you are an adrenalin junkie, you can rest assured that the highs you get from a workout with this car will never be beaten by anything else with four wheels and a licence plate.’
      • ‘Two trophies in his first six months in charge ensured the club ended last season on a high.’
      • ‘The audience were whipped up into a frenzy of emotion that sent everyone home on a high.’
      • ‘With a World Cup just months away, England are determined to finish this Six Nations' campaign on a high.’
      • ‘Exhausted cyclist Sarah Ulmer is still on a high from taking gold at the Olympics in world record time.’
      • ‘One day she would be depressed and then the next day she would be on a high.’
      • ‘By the end of the performance I'm absolutely starving and on a real adrenaline high.’
      ecstatic, euphoric, delirious, elated, thrilled, overjoyed, beside oneself, walking on air, on cloud nine, on cloud seven, in seventh heaven, jumping for joy, in transports of delight, carried away, transported, rapturous, in raptures, exultant, jubilant, in a frenzy of delight
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  • 3North American informal High school (chiefly used in names)

    ‘I enjoyed my years at McKinley High’
    • ‘From the day he and I had met in the fifth or sixth grade, up until our final two years in junior high, we had both been fairly close and good friends.’
    • ‘He had gone to my elementary school, moved on to junior high, and I never saw him again.’
    • ‘And these were girls that Haylie had grown up with, in middle school and junior high.’
    • ‘She had secretly liked him since junior high and now she got to pretend to be with him.’
    • ‘I've had this pen name since junior high, and it doesn't do a whole lot for me anymore.’
    • ‘I grabbed his hand, wanting to listen to the song I had listened to back in junior high.’
    • ‘We're both adults now and maybe formed a different idea about ourselves from who we were in junior high.’
    • ‘When we got to the top we would both talk about how life would be like when we were in junior high.’
    • ‘Blake stopped the car in front of the junior high and Andy waved at some friends.’
    • ‘The soccer conversation ended as we arrived at the school parking lot of Clemington High.’
    • ‘I have been a diabetic since junior high and had to drink sissy diet sodas for years.’
    • ‘I wanted to know because she looked old enough to be in junior high but acted so much younger.’
    • ‘Miller is not a musician, but he tried the trombone for one semester in junior high.’
    • ‘He has a new family and a job as head janitor in a junior high, but the past isn't through with him yet.’
    • ‘I took a couple of deep breaths, preparing myself for yet another day at Green County High, and then took off for my Algebra class.’
    • ‘I was in the last year of primary school while my sister was in junior high.’
    • ‘She grew up on the North Shore, and met Billy Davie when she was still in junior high.’
    • ‘It's nothing for him to stop by a class room and spend an hour with kids at a local junior high.’
    • ‘I was supposed to be going into my sophomore year with all the friends that I had made last year in junior high.’
    • ‘Back in junior high, the mall was the place where my friends and I spent most of our free time.’

adverb

  • 1At or to a considerable or specified height.

    ‘the sculpture stood about five feet high’
    • ‘The decor is sparse and dated, but staff are friendly and keen to explain the different dishes. There is no wait service - you just grab a tray and pile it high.’
    • ‘Exploding gas tanks launched huge fireballs and black plumes of smoke high into the air.’
    • ‘He was balding, pudgy, pale and had his pants hitched up a little too high on his waist.’
    • ‘Our main focus is on promoting young talent and we are developing this sponsorship to recognise individuals who aim high and work hard.’
    • ‘The female builds the nest, which is located on a horizontal branch high up in a conifer tree.’
    • ‘If you prefer the sun head to North Costa Blanca in Spain where, set high on a hill in the Jalon valley is a four bedroom villa with its own swimming pool and sun terrace just an hour from Alicante airport.’
    • ‘Any visit to his house was likely to involve a discussion about the placing of a sculpture or just how high on the wall a tapestry should hang.’
    • ‘Dishes from yesterday's dinner are piled high in the sink.’
    • ‘Some athletes take steroids in the hopes that they will improve their ability to run faster, hit farther, lift heavier weights, jump higher, or have more endurance.’
    • ‘But some governments placed it higher on their agendas than others.’
    • ‘At last they stopped to eat and rest again, as the sun reached its zenith high above.’
    • ‘I was a little concerned that I would pitch my material too high or too low.’
    • ‘The sun was already high in a cloudless blue sky and a heat haze shrouded the surrounding mountains.’
    • ‘The cheap seats way up high are packed and, in the orchestra, there are just a few empties.’
    • ‘Mr Bond said that before the council collected the mess this week it was piled five feet high against the wall of the flats.’
    • ‘The shade in which they had been resting was rapidly disappearing as the sun rose high into the sky.’
    • ‘In one corner of the room sat a desk and chair, both made of maple wood and piled high with various papers.’
    • ‘Around ten minutes to three I observe a plane flying high overhead and heading out towards the Atlantic.’
    • ‘So, despite these edicts, new apartment houses continued to be built five or six storeys high.’
    • ‘All of the larger lakes in Gran Canaria are situated high up in the mountains.’
    • ‘The circular table in his office is piled high with newspapers and books that he intends to read if only he could find the time.’
    • ‘Across the room stood a tower of vinyl albums stacked about 14 feet high.’
    at great height, high up, far up, way up, at altitude
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  • 2Highly.

    ‘he ranked high among the pioneers of twentieth-century chemical technology’
    • ‘The only cities to rate higher on the index were London, Paris and Helsinki.’
    • ‘It has to be said that Pas de la Casa is boring, unless getting legless ranks high on your list.’
    • ‘People who listen to Mozart then score slightly higher on specific tests of cognitive function.’
    • ‘He scored high on intelligence tests, is ambidextrous and is known as a hard worker.’
    • ‘The babies whose parents signed to them later scored higher on repeated tests of verbal ability.’
    • ‘There is no great benefit from ranking high this year as next year there are no World Championships.’
    • ‘What is lacking are not the resources, but the political will. It is clear these topics do not rate very high on his agenda.’
    1. 2.1 At a high price.
      ‘buying shares low and selling them high’
      • ‘At one time it had instituted proceedings against more than 130 banks for colluding to keep prices high.’
      • ‘That is because there is no limit to how high a share price can rise.’
      • ‘They are cashing in on demand from the North where the value of sterling keeps prices high.’
      • ‘It depends in part on how high the oil price goes and for how long.’
      • ‘McKnight feels these factors will keep the price of the components high.’
      • ‘A cynic might argue that drug companies hold back the release of drugs to keep prices high.’
      • ‘PC vendors may even keep their prices high and use the cuts to fatten their own margins.’
      • ‘Conventional wisdom dictates that investors should buy low and sell high.’
      • ‘A resale ban makes it easier for producers to divide up the market and keep prices high.’
      • ‘Over the next few weeks advisers will be deciding how many shares to sell and how high to price them.’
      • ‘Experts say that worries about security in the Middle East are also helping to keep prices high.’
  • 3(of a sound) at or to a high pitch.

    • ‘Without realizing it, I had raised my voice high enough for the whole class to hear.’
    • ‘I sang tenor and there was only like three of us in the whole school who could sing high like that.’
    • ‘We, the campaigners for radical change, have to raise our voices high.’
    • ‘‘No!’ Stephanie raises her voice higher than she had anticipated. ‘That's not it at all!’’
    • ‘My voice went high with excitement.’

Phrases

  • ace (or king or queen etc.) high

    • (in card games) having the ace (or another specified card) as the highest-ranking.

      • ‘The deck is a standard American deck of fifty-two cards, ace high.’
      • ‘I put down my three of a kind ace high and leaned back.’
      • ‘Normal ranking of the cards applies, with ace high.’
      • ‘When cutting for deal the cards now rank in their normal order with ace high, and the deal can be one or three cards at a time at the dealer's choice.’
      • ‘The cards of the other suits rank in the normal way from ace high down to two, leaving out the cards of the trump rank.’
  • from on high

    • 1From a very high place.

      • ‘But since the observatory on the 86th floor of the Empire State Building reopened, it might be that the best way to decide what you want to see is to take a look at the city from on high.’
      • ‘From the balcony, there is a bird's eye view of Basingstoke, including the station - a surprisingly elegant building when viewed from on high.’
      • ‘The guests were met by a man serving drinks who told them Esther would make an appearance at 5pm, and then, lo and behold, there she was on a balcony saying hello from on high before descending.’
      • ‘Some of us can recall when a daisy-cutter was a small, red ball skipping low across the turf, rather than a large black one containing several thousand pounds of penetrative explosives lobbed from on high.’
      • ‘On days when there is a north westerly wind, I will be at the White Horse with my hang glider hoping to take to the air, enjoy the flying and the views of Westbury and the Wiltshire countryside from on high.’
      1. 1.1From remote high authority or heaven.
        ‘government programs coming down from on high’
        • ‘The decision has come from on high and there's not a lot we can do, really.’
        • ‘The inclusion of developing countries in a meeting of advanced industrialised countries reflects an awareness that elitist decisions cannot be imposed from on high without the cooperation of those whose interests they will affect.’
        • ‘Grassroots supporters in this region sent a clear signal at the weekend to the party ‘top brass’ that they do not like dictation from on high.’
        • ‘All languages are human creations, not sent down from on high, and the words we invent change their meanings over hundreds of years.’
        • ‘Nick's work with the homeless and the long-term unemployed, has won him recognition from on high, and I'm not just talking about the heavens.’
        • ‘Decisions are often made from on high and the person running the pub has very little say in how they can run the operation.’
        • ‘One of the best things about this movement is that no one is handing down a manifesto from on high.’
        • ‘The overtly political lyrics have since been toned down, following a proclamation from on high that Eurovision songs should not be political in content.’
        • ‘In the past decade, however, strategy and policy have increasingly been handed down from on high, with governors being required to implement such policy with no regard for their concerns over the dangers such implementation may pose.’
        • ‘It's odd to present results as if delivered on stone tablets from on high when there are such glaring discrepancies between polls.’
  • high and dry

    • 1Out of the water, especially the sea as it retreats.

      ‘when the tide goes out, a lot of boats are left high and dry’
      • ‘The ark was a refuge until the waters went down, leaving Noah and his menagerie high and dry on Mount Ararat.’
      • ‘Environment Agency Fisheries Officers swung into action earlier this week to rescue thousands of fish left high and dry after recent river levels plunged after flooding.’
      • ‘By carbon-dating sediments deposited in the lake's spillways or in marshes left high and dry by sudden drops in water, scientists can now chronicle the lake's changing profile.’
      • ‘Beadlet anemones are found in such shallow water that they are left high and dry at low tide.’
      1. 1.1In a difficult position, especially without resources.
        ‘when the plant shut down, hundreds of workers found themselves high and dry’
        • ‘The scale of the crisis will become more evident on Tuesday when the watchdogs deliver their latest report, confirming that 60% of homeowners look set to be left high and dry.’
        • ‘Holidaymakers have been left high and dry at Heathrow Airport as staff walked out in a dispute over clocking on and off.’
        • ‘So far, trading standards officers in Oldham are trying to help 150 customers who feel they have been left high and dry by the company.’
        • ‘It's a dangerous strategy to sell a hotel mainly on its fashionability: fashions change, and when they do, you're apt to be left high and dry.’
        • ‘The 130 people, many sick or elderly, were left high and dry in the French pilgrimage town after their tour operator, Bon Voyage, couldn't provide a plane on Sunday.’
        • ‘This suggests yet another consequence of the cuts, which is that the women who are employed in the childcare sector will also be left high and dry now that their source of revenue has been seriously attenuated.’
        • ‘And some fear they could be left high and dry if plans to move accident and emergency services from Burnley to Blackburn are also approved.’
        • ‘Hundreds of south Essex pupils were today left high and dry again after two popular school bus routes were axed.’
        • ‘In the end, it is the taxpayer who will have to foot the bill if small fishing communities are left high and dry.’
        • ‘More recently, policyholders were left high and dry when Blue Swan Insurance went into liquidation.’
        destitute, bereft, helpless, without help, without assistance, without resources, in the lurch, in difficulties, forsaken, abandoned, stranded, marooned
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  • high and low

    • In many different places.

      ‘we searched high and low for a new teacher’
      • ‘Their distraught owners, who have searched high and low for their missing pets, fear it is more than a coincidence.’
      • ‘He is part of the family and we have been searching high and low for him.’
      • ‘Before searching high and low for a buyer, you might consider donating the items to charity.’
      • ‘At the end of the day this crime is unprecedented, we are searching high and low to find who is responsible.’
      • ‘I have searched high and low for it and have even been round to local shops, but no one has seen it.’
      • ‘I too have searched high and low for an English translation of the Thai Highway Code, to no avail.’
      • ‘I searched high and low, but I couldn't find you and no one seemed to know where you were.’
      • ‘He and Grover had searched high and low for the letter yesterday, but it had been nowhere to be found.’
      • ‘Just about this very time four years ago rescue workers had been searching high and low for him.’
      • ‘We searched high and low but there was no trace of the poor fellow and we had no choice but to continue.’
      everywhere, all over, all around, in all places, in every place, far and wide, far and near, here, there, and everywhere, extensively, exhaustively, thoroughly, widely, broadly, in every nook and cranny
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  • high and mighty

    • informal Thinking or acting as though one is more important than others.

      • ‘It's a little too easy to come on all high and mighty about insolvency when you've never been there yourself.’
      • ‘You think you're so high and mighty, don't you?’
      • ‘Even though his Mum was too high and mighty to keep visiting me he used to come by whenever he were near the place and I'm pretty fond of the lad.’
      • ‘You might act all high and mighty, but I know your secret - your mother told me everything.’
      • ‘Who did she think she was, coming all high and mighty with me?’
      • ‘You might think you're so high and mighty now because you married the master, but I know your beginnings.’
      • ‘I tried to act like everyone else in Warrington, high and mighty and convinced of my own superiority, but I couldn't pull it off.’
      • ‘I'm so tired of her giving us those looks that make us feel inferior, and I'm tired of her acting all high and mighty.’
      • ‘We'd have exactly the same problems here so I'm not going to get all high and mighty.’
      • ‘There have been a lot of great champions but he is just classy - he is never high and mighty in the locker room or anything like that.’
      self-important, condescending, patronizing, disdainful, supercilious, superior, snobbish, snobby, haughty, arrogant, proud, conceited, above oneself, egotistic, egotistical, imperious, overweening, overbearing
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  • high, wide, and handsome

    • informal Expansive and impressive.

  • it is high time that —

    • It is past the time when something should have happened or been done.

      ‘it was high time that she faced the facts’
      • ‘The fact that Ireland hasn't had a national agricultural policy since we joined the EU shows how complacent we have become and it is high time that we become more pro-active.’
      • ‘I think it is high time that elected political representatives took a stand against this sort of behaviour.’
      • ‘I would suggest that it is high time that government reconsidered how it is going to deal with drug pushers, for current methods are expensive, fundamentally ineffective and deny funding in far more needy areas.’
      • ‘‘Travel agents and tour operators operate a bonding system and it is high time that airline consumers had the same protection,’ Mr Brazil said.’
      • ‘It's high time the authorities considered giving rebates to people on long-term incapacity benefit.’
      • ‘For a soccer-mad county like Waterford, 24 years is an eternity to be without a cup win and it is high time that that record was addressed and put right.’
      • ‘If politics is about people, it is high time that taxpayers saw some form of payback for the money they contribute to society.’
      • ‘It's high time more draconian measures were brought in and quickly.’
      • ‘The people themselves represent a powerful social resource, and it is high time that the federal government recognizes this.’
      • ‘Devizes has got a big problem here and it is high time that the schools, the police and the youth club all worked together to find a solution.’
  • on high

    • In or to heaven or a high place.

      ‘a spotter plane circling on high’
      • ‘We managed, somehow, to keep our jobs, but alas, people on high had noticed and we were soon split up.’
      • ‘How can anyone sit on high, preach the law and preach about justice and then send someone to their death?’
      • ‘Someone on high wants it covered up and Brennan is determined to find out why.’
      • ‘Someone on high must have decided that we've had more than our fair share of ruined bank holidays.’
      at great height, high up, far up, way up, at altitude
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  • on one's high horse

    • informal Used to refer to someone's behaving in an arrogant or pompous manner.

      ‘get down off your high horse’
      • ‘I think one has to be very careful before getting on one's high horse and saying either that big schools present problems, or little schools are the only way to go.’
      • ‘I just hope that the Minister, instead of getting on her high horse when I talked about the Food Safety Authority and the threat that it represents to a lot of dairy suppliers, will take those concerns more seriously.’
      • ‘Before anyone gets back on their high horse, I have not missed a Sunday for church in something like nine years unless it is for weather, family emergency, or I am travelling.’
      • ‘Before you start saying this is just a non-smoker getting on his high horse, let me explain.’
      • ‘Granted, you can be quirky and annoying when you get on your high horse about something, but at least you care.’
      • ‘Don't get on your high horse Nellie - you know as well as I do that this marriage is a marriage in name only.’
      • ‘So maybe the FA should get their own house in order before climbing on their high horse.’
      • ‘I think you'd have to be a bit of an asshole to get on your high horse and say ‘no we don't wanna play any of the old stuff’ and only play songs off the new record.’
      • ‘Let me explain before you get on your high horse.’
      • ‘It's all very fine the FA getting on their high horse about streaming of live matches, but if a match is sold out and it's only being shown live in Spain, for example, how else is a fan expected to see it?’
      proud, vain, arrogant, conceited, snobbish, stuck-up, pompous, self-important, superior, egotistical, supercilious, condescending, lofty, patronizing, smug, scornful, contemptuous, disdainful, overweening, overbearing, imperious, lordly, cavalier, high-handed, full of oneself, above oneself
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  • run high

    • 1(of a river) be full and close to overflowing, with a strong current.

      • ‘Homeowners and businesses in Sheffield and Doncaster had to pump water from downstairs rooms and cellars and loud hailers were used to warn businesses that the River Sheaf was running high close to Midland Station.’
      • ‘The Grand River is running high and hard this morning.’
      • ‘The river ran high with a fast, central ribbon of foam.’
      • ‘It's spring in western Montana; the rivers are running high and the newspapers are running stories of capsized canoes and dogs washed away.’
      • ‘The river is running high, and the boats settle into the current south of the Wilson Bridge.’
      • ‘Floods also caused some rail services to be diverted, and the Environment Agency issued warnings via loudhailers that the River Sheaf near Sheffield's Midland Rail Station was running high.’
      1. 1.1(of feelings) be intense.
        ‘passions run high when marriages break up’
        • ‘As always, passions will be running high at the start of the game and the play will be fast and furious.’
        • ‘Passions continued to run high in the Italian city of Genoa last night despite the end of the G8 summit.’
        • ‘Ricketts said: ‘Confidence is running high in the camp and everyone is feeling a lot happier after our run of three wins in four games.’’
        • ‘Feelings are running high in Sligo at the moment and passions are only set to increase in the run-up to January 1.’
        • ‘In the final analysis, outsiders may wonder why passions are running so high on both sides of the divide.’
        • ‘Emotions were running high and people were obviously worried about their jobs.’
        • ‘Passions have been running high in the Australian community with regard to her twenty-year sentence for drug trafficking; the majority of people believed she was innocent.’
        • ‘Whenever you have tensions running high and military forces in close proximity to each other, you have the potential for conflict.’
        • ‘Feelings are running high on all sides, with some farmers saying the crisis has been mishandled, while others have seemingly profited from distress by claiming compensation of more than £1 million each.’
        • ‘This is obviously an emotive issue, and emotions are currently running high.’
        be strong, be vehement, be fervent, be passionate, be intense
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  • a high old time

    • informal A most enjoyable time.

      ‘they had a high old time at the clambake’
      • ‘They lived in a log cabin in the Rockies and fought Indians and rustlers and generally had what seemed to me a high old time.’
      • ‘Barbecues sizzled (either rain or fat), guitars strummed and a high old time was had by all.’
      • ‘He fidgets around the sofa, crossing his arms, chewing his lip and wearing a curious smirk that could either mean he's having a high old time or that he's never hated an interview more.’
      • ‘He was haring about on his bike with stabilisers and having a high old time.’
      • ‘Undoubtedly we had four days of the highest quality jumps racing, and when the favourites win both the Champion Hurdle and the Cheltenham Gold Cup you would be entitled to conclude that the punters had a high old time of it.’
      • ‘The impetus behind the capital of culture project is to put Cork on the map and to give Cork's populace and visitors a high old time.’

Origin

Old English hēah, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch hoog and German hoch.

Pronunciation

high

/haɪ//hī/