high-water mark


Definition of high-water mark

: highest point : peak

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Examples of high-water mark in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As of the end of February, the global hedge fund industry ad $3.8 trillion in assets under management, another high-water mark. Jacob Wolinsky, Forbes, 28 May 2021 Slaughter agreed, calling his tenure with the commission from 2014-2018 the high-water mark for Lansing’s diverse police hiring. Bill Jones, chicagotribune.com, 17 May 2021 Helton’s pay in 2019, according to the university tax return obtained Monday, climbed $1,635 above the Stanford coach’s 2018 earnings, previously the high-water mark for coaches in the conference. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, 17 May 2021 Their descent from that 11-0 high-water mark last December seems to be ongoing. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 1 Apr. 2021 Another record set in 2021: the $75 million cutoff to qualify for the top ten, beating the previous high-water mark of $65.4 million from 2019. Brett Knight, Forbes, 12 May 2021 While the THRIVE Act is a sort of historical high-water mark for progressive groups getting on the same page, there’s also a hunger on and around Capitol Hill for further and more pointed coordination. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 29 Mar. 2021 In the early day of the pandemic, Oregonians’ view of the governor improved significantly and her approval rating hit the high-water mark at 54%, according to a DHM Research survey a year ago. oregonlive, 18 Mar. 2021 The message was clear: The historic contest between socialism and democratic capitalism was at a high-water mark. Nile Gardiner, National Review, 3 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of high-water mark

1691, in the meaning defined above

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“High-water mark.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/high-water%20mark. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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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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