high-water mark

high-water mark
noun
a line marking the highest level reached
Hypernyms: ↑water line, ↑watermark

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noun, pl ⋯ marks [count]
1 : the time when something is most active, successful, etc. :peak

It was the high-water mark of her career.

2 : the highest level that water from a river, ocean, etc., reaches especially during a flood

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ˌhigh-ˈwater mark [high-water mark] noun
a line or mark showing the highest point that the sea or ↑floodwater has reached

We pulled the boat up the beach above the high-water mark.

(figurative)

the high-water mark of Parisian fashion

(= the most successful time)

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