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 at its highest stand.

    • ‘The mosque stood on a grassy bank just above the high-water mark.’
    • ‘Above the high-water mark are the beaches or the coastline.’
    • ‘So, in our submission, the mean high-water mark is the average point to which the sea reaches between those times.’
    • ‘We have to protect that strip of land that is from the high-water mark to the low-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.’
    1. 1.1A maximum recorded level or value.
      ‘unemployment and crime both stand at a high-water mark’
      • ‘The 1999 show in Orlando set the high-water mark at 22,623.’
      • ‘One high-water mark of excitement was reached, naturally enough, in 1984; another was in 2003, for the centennial celebrations of Orwell's birth.’
      • ‘Perhaps the high-water mark of the Baptist Congress was reached in 1904 as delegates met at commodious Broadway Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky.’
      • ‘Board of Education stands as a high-water mark in the modern civil rights movement.’
      • ‘During World War II, which is still considered the high-water mark for modern war reporting, journalists reported from every theater.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In his treatment of Edmond's Wellington Letter this self-preoccupation reaches a new high-water mark.’
      • ‘The equity-stake tactics reached their high-water mark during the Internet bubble.’
      • ‘Nagle was certainly the high-water mark or the low-water mark depending on your point of view.’
      • ‘Murrow was always the high-water mark for broadcast journalists.’
      • ‘But 7-9 in 2004 has been the high-water mark for Capers in Houston.’
      • ‘My journey to the heart of the American South was reaching its high-water mark, and I needed to begin the trip back north.’
      • ‘The blues would appear to have reached a high-water mark of prominence and esteem lately.’
      • ‘By the turn of the century, the graduation rate had dropped 7 percentage points from its high-water mark of 77 percent in 1969.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Here, Shostakovich's progressive rediscovery of the baroque reached its high-water mark.’
      • ‘During their Saturday night performance, the group hit their high-water mark, and the dancers, according to Cochran, reached their peak.’
      • ‘But despite a laudable sense of ambition, neither is it anywhere close to the high-water marks of Harvest or Rust Never Sleeps.’
      • ‘That's far too long for a high-water mark to stand.’
      • ‘I did enjoy one championship season as the starting left halfback on an undefeated team, but that was the high-water mark.’
      climax, pinnacle, peak, high point, highest point, height, high water mark, top, summit, crest, zenith, crowning moment, apotheosis
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