high-wa·ter | \ˈhī-ˌwȯ-tər, -ˌwä-\

Definition of high-water 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: unusually short high-water pants

high water


Definition of high water (Entry 2 of 2)

: a high stage of the water in a river or lake also : high tide sense 1

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The centrists, led by Reps. Carlos Curbelo (R., Fla.) and Jeff Denham (R., Calif.), came up two signatures short of the number needed to force votes on the floor, and disclosed Wednesday that was their high water mark. Siobhan Hughes, WSJ, "House Defeats GOP Immigration Bill," 27 June 2018 The company’s shares tumbled nearly 10% following an announcement by Carnival CEO Arnold Donald on a quarterly conference call that rising fuel prices and currency headwinds would cause full-year earnings outlook to miss expected high water marks. Brittany Shoot, Fortune, "Carnival Cruise Line Hits Rough Waters as Shares Drop Amid Gloomy Forecast," 25 June 2018 Officers made sure no vehicles were stuck in the area and subsequently erected signs to warn drivers of high water. Andy Attina / Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Officers help locate man who walked away from hospital: Gates Mills Police Blotter," 19 Apr. 2018 Carl Dahlin talks about his family home at Porter Beach, where their private beach is heavily eroded due to high water levels in Lake Michigan. Tony Briscoe, chicagotribune.com, "What happens when Lake Superior has too much water? It dumps it into an already overflowing Lake Michigan," 13 July 2018 While the beach is open, visitors should expect to find a much narrower sand beach due to the erosion, higher water levels in Lake Michigan, and a nearby harbor structure that impedes sand flow. Staff Report, Post-Tribune, "Community news," 3 July 2018 The record rain that fell in 2016, the wettest rainy season in 86 years, left many areas too deep, with high water levels throughout the Everglades, the Fakahatchee, Big Cypress and further north producing the lowest nesting season in a decade. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Record rain led to bonanza year for Florida’s wading birds. Just not in the right places | Miami Herald," 29 Mar. 2018 Louisville's great flood returns, almost Substantial high water levels on the Ohio River, the likes of which hasn't been seen since Louisville's major flood in 1997, hit the region incredibly hard. Thomas Novelly, The Courier-Journal, "Flash floods, deadly tornadoes and mudslides: What you missed in Louisville overnight," 25 Feb. 2018 In addition to Pebble Beach, a number of upscale oceanside California communities like Carmel ($506), Santa Barbara ($469), Monterey ($439) and Malibu ($251) have some of the nation’s highest water bills. Adam Bonislawski, WSJ, "Where Residents Pay Buckets of Money—for Water," 27 June 2018

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