high-water mark


: highest point : peak

Examples of high-water mark in a Sentence

he hit the high-water mark of his acting career when he played Tiny Tim in a school play
Recent Examples on the Web In December, Texas had just over a million job openings, a high-water mark it’s been hovering around for several months. Mitchell Schnurman, Dallas News, 17 Mar. 2023 The Nacimiento River edged out its 1969 high-water mark by 1.51 feet. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, 17 Mar. 2023 With the swearing-in of Jennifer McClellan as the first Black woman to represent Virginia on Tuesday, the House now has 28 Black women in its ranks, a new high-water mark, but the Senate has none. Jazmine Ulloa, New York Times, 8 Mar. 2023 The film, in which Topol was cast as a Mexican, was nobody’s creative high-water mark — but left no permanent damage on Topol’s career. Carmel Dagan, Variety, 8 Mar. 2023 The Weeknd reached a new high-water mark on Spotify this week. Glenn Rowley, Billboard, 27 Feb. 2023 How San Francisco settles the debate could reverberate throughout the reparations movement, setting a high-water mark for an effort that has been criticized for, so far, producing small sums. Emmanuel Felton, Washington Post, 27 Feb. 2023 This year’s crop of competitors is a far cry from recent years when the starting roster has approached triple digits, hitting a high-water mark of 96 mushers in 2008 (though a more modest number, 78, crossed the finish line). Zachariah Hughes, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Feb. 2023 In Paso Robles, dozens of makeshift encampments sprang up along roadways, above the Salinas’ high-water mark. Jeremy Miller, WIRED, 18 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1691, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of high-water mark was in 1691

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“High-water mark.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/high-water%20mark. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

high-water mark

: the highest point of development : peak
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