• To raise the bar means to set a higher standard for other people to follow.
  • To set tougher goals to elevate the standards by which someone or something is judged.
  • To raise standards or expectations.

1. The Olympic athlete set a new World Record, raising the bar for all athletes in her sport.


2. My business partner always reaches for perfection, raising the bar in quality and performance.


3. How about raising the bar on national tests to get the students to study harder?


4. Technological advances will raise the bar in this industry.

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Do more harm than good

To do more harm than good means to have a bad effect rather than a good one. To make a situation worse rather than better. To be damaging rather than helpful. 1. I'm sorry but saying anything at this point may do more harm than good. 2. Her boyfriend is doing more...

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Do the unthinkable

To do the unthinkable means to do something unexpected. Impossible to imagine; inconceivable. Unreasonable; improbable; not to be considered; out of the question. 1. This store is doing the unthinkable and making their products more affordable. 2. Skateboarding isn't...

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Drop something like a hot potato

To drop someone/something like a hot potato means to disassociate oneself with someone or something instantly. To discontinue; to get rid of very quickly. To quickly stop being involved with someone/something. 1. I dropped the idea like a hot potato because my boss...

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