high-water mark


Definition of high-water mark

: highest point : peak

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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 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

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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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