high-water mark


Definition of high-water mark

: highest point : peak

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The current high-water mark is 1999, near the height of the dot-com bubble, when companies raised $107.9 billion going public in the U.S., according to Dealogic. Maureen Farrell, WSJ, "Pinterest Files Confidentially for IPO," 22 Feb. 2019 Intel debuted six new 9th-gen mobile H-series Core chips on Tuesday—with its fastest, the Core i9-9980HK, soaring to a new high-water mark: 8 cores, 16 threads, and a whopping 5GHz clock speed, after boost. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel's 9th-gen mobile Core chips aim for the high end, rocking 8 cores at up to 5GHz speeds," 23 Apr. 2019 This seems like the high-water mark of anti-immigration. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: ‘Dear America’ author Jose Antonio Vargas on Recode Decode," 24 Nov. 2018 Nothing Hurt as another high-water mark for the band. Corey Seymour, Vogue, "Jason Pierce of Spiritualized on His New (and Final?) Album—And the Band’s Revelatory Live Show," 11 Oct. 2018 More recent signals from the economy suggest the third quarter was likely the high-water mark for U.K. growth for the year. Paul Hannon, WSJ, "U.K. Economy Picked Up Pace in Third Quarter," 9 Nov. 2018 Serena’s red and gold ensemble, in particular, is a high-water mark of the whole Gossip Girl experience. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "Every Single Episode of Gossip Girl, Ranked," 19 Sep. 2018 Bev Baird, an active Democrat, said the April special election for Arizona’s 8th Congressional District was a high-water mark for Democratic engagement. Melissa Daniels, The Seattle Times, "Arizona Democrats hope to ride blue wave in midterm election," 13 Aug. 2018 His high-water mark on the tally is currently a No. Keith Caulfield, Billboard, "Logic's 'Bobby Tarantino II' Heading for No. 1 Bow on Billboard 200 Albums Chart," 12 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of high-water mark

1691, in the meaning defined above

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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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