high-water mark


Definition of high-water mark 

: highest point : peak

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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 The high-water mark of Knudsen's Centennial tenure was 1992 and 1993, when the Eagles went 11-1 and 12-1. Nick Daschel, OregonLive.com, "Chris Knudsen retires as Centennial football coach after 32-year run," 9 Apr. 2018 The high-water mark for the format's sales was 2012, when song download sales total 1.336 billion. Gary Trust, Billboard, "Drake's 'God Plan' Tops Digital Song Sales Chart, But With Lowest Total for a No. 1 Since 2005," 23 Mar. 2018 Arcia never got going at the plate this season, with his high-water mark a .229 average on May 4. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "With Orlando Arcia still mired in a slump, Hernán Pérez gets a start at shortstop," 17 June 2018 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

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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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