raise the bar

raise the bar
raise the bar — see bar, 1
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Main Entry:raise

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raise the ˈbar idiom
to set a new, higher standard of quality or performance

The factory has raised the bar on productivity, food safety and quality.

This latest computer game raises the bar for interface design.

The awards go to people who have truly raised the bar.

Perhaps the new admission requirements raised the bar too high.

Main entry:raiseidiom

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