high-water mark


Definition of high-water mark

: highest point : peak

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Kassian produced 15-11—26 last season, approaching his high-water marks. Matt Porter, BostonGlobe.com, "What will the next generation of Bruins bring?," 31 Aug. 2019 The previous high-water mark for the county was set by a home that sold in 2017 for $20 million. Los Angeles Times, "Hot Property Newsletter: The temperature’s rising and so are some high-end home prices," 27 July 2019 Charles Evans Hughes set the high-water mark for this party by winning 45% in 1912; in 2016, fewer than one in four American Jews voted for Mr Trump. The Economist, "Donald Trump presses Israel into barring entry to American congresswomen," 16 Aug. 2019 In 2016, Disney set an industry high-water mark with four $1 billion-plus pics. Pamela Mcclintock, The Hollywood Reporter, "Box Office: 'The Lion King' Roars Past $1B in Global Ticket Sales," 30 July 2019 One of the high-water marks for conspiracies, Parent and Uscinski argue, was in the post-World War II era, with nuclear weapons and the mortal divide between East and West creating a constant feeling of menace. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, "Why Are Area 51 Conspiracy Theories So Popular? Here's What Psychologists Say," 29 July 2019 The number of recipients grew dramatically in the 2000s even before the recession hit — from about 17.2 million in 2000 to about 26.5 million in 2006 — and reached a high-water mark of 47.6 million in 2013. The Editors, National Review, "The Right Move on Food Stamps," 25 July 2019 In fact, May set the high-water mark for mixed beverage receipts in 2019, with a resounding collective mixed beverage receipt total of just over $133 million. Peter Dawson, Houston Chronicle, "Alcohol sales in Harris County dip to $106 million in June, following record month, data shows," 25 July 2019 On Thursday, water sat just beneath a railroad bridge where someone had marked a white line showing the high-water mark from the record 1993 flood. Erin Ailworth, WSJ, "Prolonged Flooding Takes Its Toll on a Small Missouri Town," 9 June 2019

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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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