Meaning of set the bar in English:

set the bar


  • Fix the standards which need to be met in order to qualify for something.

    ‘the school sets the bar high and the students rise to meet it’
    • ‘I may be setting the bar a bit too high in the case of this columnist.’
    • ‘We didn't set the bar at perfection.’
    • ‘The company has set the bar even higher in the industry's efforts to address the issue of diversity.’
    • ‘There's no question that the country is better on average at respecting human rights than its neighbours, but that's setting the bar extraordinarily low.’
    • ‘The issue is where we set the bar for acceptable behaviour.’
    • ‘He should explain all of his dealings, and set the bar for the entire field of candidates to provide the truth.’
    • ‘I just want to set the bar high, because we are in a competition for the future.’
    • ‘We always plan to play in the National Championship final, if that isn't our goal we aren't setting the bar high enough.’
    • ‘Lateral thinking skills allow employees to keep setting the bar higher and exceeding expectations.’
    • ‘We are not going to set the bar so high that we're setting ourselves up to fail.’
    • ‘It is implicit that both tribunals have set the bar too low in terms of the standard of care.’