high-water mark

noun

Definition of high-water mark 

: highest point : peak

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But on the amendment votes, the high-water mark for lawmakers voting was 411. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "GOP House leaders get signals crossed on farm bill; with Ryan leaving what next?," 19 May 2018 That is a record for the first half of the year, surpassing the prior high-water mark of 20 set in 2007. Dana Cimilluca, WSJ, "M&A Market Headed for a Record, Powered by Tech Disruption, AT&T Ruling," 1 July 2018 But the number of people fingerprinted, processed and officially deported to their home countries soared under Obama, with 2013 setting a high-water mark of 435,498. Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump’s Draconian Immigration Policies Highlight Obama’s Missteps," 20 June 2018 Last year, the city issued 2,881 permits for new housing units, a high-water mark since the recession. Tony Bizjak And Ryan Lillis, sacbee, "Sacramento approved 5,500 housing units. Less than 100 were for low-income residents," 5 July 2018 The high-water mark of the summer this year came in the middle of the week, the least convenient date for vacationers looking to make Independence Day into a long weekend. Vinny Vella, Philly.com, "A midweek Fourth of July doesn't slow Shore crowds," 4 July 2018 The high-water mark for women in CEO jobs came in 2017 — at 6.4 percent. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Women are running for office in record numbers. In corporate America, they’re losing ground.," 8 June 2018 The soon-to-be MVP nailed 20 combined three-pointers in those three games, a shooting display that marks perhaps the individual high-water mark of his postseason career to date. Ben Golliver, SI.com, "After Being Held in Check in Houston, Stephen Curry Eyes Breakthrough in Return to Oakland," 19 May 2018 Grabner hit his high-water mark of 34 goals during the 2010-11 season. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Coyotes sign free-agent winger Michael Grabner to 3-year contract," 1 July 2018

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1691, in the meaning defined above

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high-water mark

noun

English Language Learners Definition of high-water mark

: the time when something is most active, successful, etc.

: the highest level that water from a river, ocean, etc., reaches especially during a flood

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