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high-wa·​ter ˈhī-ˌwȯ-tər How to pronounce high-water (audio)
: unusually short
high-water pants

high water

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: a high stage of the water in a river or lake

Example Sentences

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Another is to solve every single Wordle, come hell or high water. Erik Kain, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2022 That brings us to the fundamental hypocrisy underlying criticisms of Biden’s student loan relief proposals: This is the notion that borrowers have a moral duty to repay their debt, come hell or high water. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 29 Aug. 2022 Lindsay is trying to expand Mark's horizons, come hell or high water. Ashley Petta And Anthony D'amico, PEOPLE.com, 30 Mar. 2022 For runners who are used to having a plan and executing it come hell or high water, the vaccine necessitates a more flexible approach than normal. Outside Online, 21 Apr. 2021 Conflicts between private landowners and the public over the Lake Michigan shoreline and how best to preserve it are likely to become more common, in part because of record-breaking high water levels in 2020. Alex Hulvalchick, Chicago Tribune, 11 Dec. 2022 That helps drive risks of high water even in some places set apart from increasingly flood-prone major rivers, with widespread flash flooding as a separate – and in some ways greater – danger. Mississippi River Basin Ag & Water Desk, Journal Sentinel, 15 Oct. 2022 The state identified five communities — Hooper Bay, Scammon Bay, Golovin, Newtok and Nome — as being greatly impacted by a combination of high water, flooding, erosion and electrical issues. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, 20 Sep. 2022 Multiple flash flood warnings were issued, with areas of high water reported in Laurel, Columbia and Ellicott City, where two devastating floods have struck in recent years. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, 9 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1856, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of high-water was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“High-water.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/high-water. Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

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