Definition of high in English:

high

adjective

  • 1Of great vertical extent.

    ‘the top of a high mountain’
    • ‘To the south there are high mountains, covered in thick spring snow.’
    • ‘Crystal clear streams flow down from the high mountains into the Datong River.’
    • ‘The conditions in the high mountains were hard and four of our group turned back.’
    • ‘Sherpas, well known as mountain guides and porters, live in the high mountains of E. Nepal.’
    • ‘In the high mountains, where there are large falls of snow, there can also be avalanches.’
    • ‘It was a place untouched by man, for the mountain was far too high, and far too treacherous.’
    • ‘It's the one thing that will keep you going when that mountain seems just too high to climb.’
    • ‘The terraced waterfalls are picturesque against the backdrop of high, green mountains.’
    • ‘Climatic effects are accentuated on the high elevations of these mountain ranges.’
    • ‘Alice Springs is surrounded by high black mountains, similar to the mountains of Mecca.’
    • ‘Old rocks predominate and high hills and mountains are more common.’
    • ‘Climbing and trekking are obvious income sources for countries endowed with high mountain ranges.’
    • ‘He said policing the gardens was difficult as they were secluded and surrounded by a high hedge and fence.’
    • ‘They are planning to install high fences and replace the smashed windows, which have been boarded up.’
    • ‘In the centre of the 10 km deep crater is a mountain almost as high as Mount Everest.’
    • ‘The open area is secured by high boarding and is used for car parking.’
    • ‘Watch the skies if you happen to be walking near any high buildings.’
    • ‘Although the new policy is a little late for the downtown area, which is already over-crowded with high buildings, there is still a lot the city can do to improve the situation.’
    • ‘It is a country dominated by high peaks and wide flat stretches of lava field, powerful waterfalls and creaking glaciers.’
    • ‘Veteran climbers bemoan the increasing commercialisation of high peaks such as Everest and K2.’
    tall, lofty, towering, soaring, elevated, giant, big
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    1. 1.1(after a measurement and in questions) measuring a specified distance from top to bottom.
      ‘a tree forty feet high’
      • ‘The fox cleared a six-foot high fence to get among the chickens and would have killed them all had it not been disturbed.’
      • ‘Deep in the heart of Central India there is a wild forest surrounded by sheer 1,200 feet high cliffs.’
      • ‘The two-and-a-half tonne boat was lowered down a sheer cliff 200 ft high.’
      • ‘The land rises abruptly to highland ridges with mountain summits as high as 3000 feet.’
      • ‘On the west side of the rock is a vertical wall about 8m high, covered in white and orange anemones.’
      • ‘‘How high is it?’ asked Holmes. ‘It is just over a metre high.’’
      • ‘North Ossetian president Alexander Dzasokhov said the glacier was 150m high.’
      • ‘The New Year's Day wave passed just under the 30-metre high platform of the North Alwyn rig.’
      • ‘They say the company's proposal to build a 7m high building on the site, which backs on to a number of homes in Gilhams Avenue, is unnecessary and intrusive.’
      • ‘The project aims to build 165 wind turbines, 400 feet high, in the hills above Tregaron.’
      • ‘In the middle of the field there was a square-shaped, flat-roofed building, about eight feet high.’
      • ‘Police closed the promenade in Blackpool to motorists as waves dozens of feet high pounded the seafront.’
      • ‘The tide was in, and the breakers were a good twenty to thirty feet high when they hit the harbour wall.’
      • ‘Her tomato plants are more than four feet high and have given us a constant supply of tomatoes all summer.’
      • ‘The alley was a dead end; the granite wall at the end was at least twelve feet high.’
      • ‘The structure was mounted between two walls, each 70 feet long and 50 feet high.’
      • ‘It is only dangerous if you attempt to climb up on to the wall, which he seems to forget is about five feet high!’
      • ‘Its ceilings are barely five feet high, because the only people who worked there were child labourers.’
      • ‘Because of the extreme snow that had hit the region this winter, the snow was five feet high.’
      • ‘He was not able to stand up in the space, which was about three feet six inches high.’
    2. 1.2Far above ground, sea level, or another point of reference.
      ‘a palace high up on a hill’
      • ‘Most sports utility vehicles are so high off the ground that your dog has to be virtually airborne or a St Bernard to be able to climb in.’
      • ‘Filming at high altitude in the Peruvian Andes wasn't always much fun.’
      • ‘At high altitudes, the thin air makes it hard to breathe unless the cabin is pressurized.’
      • ‘Alpine plants are those that are naturally found in high altitudes.’
      • ‘Because of its high altitude, it is typically one of the first Scottish roads to be closed during bad winter weather.’
      • ‘Remember that the overland trip will help you acclimatize to the high altitude.’
      • ‘It's more likely to occur if you're exercising in hot weather or at a high altitude.’
      • ‘The plant is easy to propagate, and tolerates poor soil, high altitudes, and harsh climates.’
      • ‘Few people have ever survived such a serious injury at such high altitude.’
      • ‘The window was much too high up for her to reach, but unlike the one in the bathroom, it was large enough for her to squeeze through.’
      • ‘To the left of the reception hall is the drawing room with an attractive period fireplace, original wooden floors, high ceilings and large windows.’
      • ‘The speakers will be installed throughout the station in inaccessible or high areas to stop them being vandalised.’
      • ‘This area has a wonderfully high ceiling and gets plenty of natural light through a large window and patio doors.’
      • ‘I didn't get a hint of back-ache from the driving seat, or from pulling gear in and out of the high luggage area.’
      • ‘In common with the living room, the dining area has a high ceiling and a fireplace.’
      • ‘Inland, a high central plateau drops eastward towards the vegetated dunes of the Kalahari Desert.’
      • ‘You enter a long narrow main room with a shimmering disco ball hanging from a high ceiling.’
      • ‘It's another gorgeous day. There were some high cirrus clouds earlier and it looks like they're coming back, but, for the most part, it's just been beautiful.’
      • ‘Ben knew Joe had a fear of heights, and the ledge was high off the ground.’
      • ‘Rare species of bird inhabit the higher branches of the trees.’
      in the air, in the sky, high up, up, high, up above, on high, overhead, above
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    3. 1.3Extending above the normal level.
      ‘a round face with a high forehead’
      • ‘His hair was receding at the front and he had a high forehead.’
      • ‘Her broad flat forehead and high cheekbones catch the light from the windows behind them.’
      • ‘She's either not made up or has applied very subtle cosmetics to her high forehead and cute snub nose.’
      • ‘Michelle says that really I should have a fringe because I have a high forehead.’
      • ‘In most patients with a high forehead, or in males with a receding hairline, the incision is placed at the frontal hairline.’
      • ‘The forehead is high and serious, and the hair, which one feels to be fine and thick and fair, drawn off it and lying close like a cap.’
      • ‘The face is pale and perhaps slightly unearthly, with a high forehead sharply defined against red-gold hair.’
      • ‘Beads of sweat formed on his high forehead.’
      • ‘He was more curious about the decorated headband crowning the man's high forehead.’
      • ‘Elsie was a petite woman with thick waves of dark hair and a high forehead.’
      • ‘Possessing a high forehead and pale skin was the most important factor of Renaissance beauty.’
      • ‘There's the bold, aquiline nose, to be sure; the high, intelligent forehead and strong chin.’
      • ‘Dark curls, cropped close to his skull, give way to a high forehead and a strong jaw.’
      • ‘Light brown hair was brushed back from a high forehead except for a few locks which fell forward.’
      • ‘Once in bog at the bottom of the coulee, one can see that the high grass is covered with grey silt.’
      • ‘She wore her hair in a high bun and even applied a little kohl around her eyes and some red rouge on her cheeks and lips.’
      • ‘He had dark red hair and rather elven looking features - high cheekbones, sharp chin.’
      • ‘Councillors in Melksham have backed a hairdresser's call for action over a dangerous high pavement in the town.’
      • ‘Crossing his legs in front of him, he leans back against the high pillows and closes his eyes.’
      • ‘The grass right now is thick and high, but there are rumours it's going to be cut down.’
    4. 1.4attributive (of an area) inland and well above sea level.
      ‘high prairies’
      • ‘The traditional territory contains a diversity of landscapes with rugged mountains and numerous valleys and high prairies.’
      • ‘This species ranged the high grasslands of western North America from Alaska to Mexico, while a lighter-built species (Arctodus pristinus) with smaller teeth inhabited the more heavily wooded Atlantic coastal region.’
    5. 1.5attributive Performed at, to, or from a considerable height.
      ‘high diving’
      • ‘In terms of risk, this is on a par with high diving into a piranha pool.’
      • ‘Born in Thirsk in 192, he excelled early in a variety of sports, and became a champion in boxing, high diving, and pole vaulting.’
      • ‘Southall was finally booked for his second late and high lunge on the Norwegian Riise inside five minutes.’
      • ‘The leaps and jumps were high and spectacular to watch, yet the dancers made it appear effortless.’
    6. 1.6(of latitude) close to 90°; near the North or South Pole.
      ‘high southern latitudes’
      • ‘They also occur more often in the winter and in the middle to high latitudes rather than near to the equator.’
      • ‘It is found in the recently glaciated areas of the Northern hemisphere and high latitudes in the Southern hemisphere.’
      • ‘These then flow from the high latitudes, circulating cool water throughout the world's ocean basins.’
      • ‘Lack of sun in the later part of the day is why winter is so famously bleak at high latitudes.’
      • ‘The theory says the high latitudes should warm up more than the lower latitudes.’
  • 2Great, or greater than normal, in quantity, size, or intensity.

    ‘a high temperature’
    ‘sweets are very high in calories’
    • ‘Chickpeas are exceptionally high in protein and very low in fat, making them an ideal food.’
    • ‘Cashews are high in protein and carbohydrate as well as being rich in vitamin A.’
    • ‘Waves on Puget Sound were so high that day that only four crew members could row.’
    • ‘The normal purpose of any cartel is to keep prices high by controlling supply and demand.’
    • ‘This often means they pay workers low wages and charge customers high prices.’
    • ‘My personal opinion on the speed limits of this country is that they are too high for residential areas.’
    • ‘Many of us eat to excess and eat too many foods with a high sugar content.’
    • ‘But one of the factors that made cancer treatment expensive was the high cost of the drugs.’
    • ‘Ten of those caught face a court appearance, mostly because they were clocked doing excessively high speeds.’
    • ‘Staff are also expressing concerns over job security, high workloads and excessive hours.’
    • ‘This three-bedroom period house has been extended and renovated to a very high standard.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, melt the remaining butter and the oil in a frying pan, add the mushrooms and fry over a high heat until golden brown.’
    • ‘The firm says demand for industrial property from purchasers in the West Yorkshire area is high.’
    • ‘Educational standards in the area are high, particularly among younger people.’
    • ‘This area has high unemployment, and mortality is above the national average.’
    • ‘He said the area had a high percentage of children under four, and many parents were without family support.’
    • ‘The chilly weather and high wind affected his performance, according to Zhang.’
    • ‘He added that staff would be asked to work extra hours to cope with the high volume of business during the festive period.’
    • ‘Although he was earning a relatively high salary, he found the job extremely stressful.’
    • ‘As a result, many people may find they are actually over-insured and paying unnecessarily high premiums.’
    inflated, excessive, unreasonable, overpriced, sky-high, unduly expensive, dear, costly, top, exorbitant, extortionate, outrageous, prohibitive
    strong, powerful, violent, intense, extreme, forceful, sharp, stiff
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    1. 2.1Of large numerical or monetary value.
      ‘they had been playing for high stakes’
      • ‘But poker is most interesting when the stakes are high and small fortunes rest on the draw of a card.’
      • ‘You are 65, but you played for high stakes over several years, and eventually you lost.’
      • ‘It seems to me that many in the U.S. don't quite appreciate how high the stakes are.’
      • ‘The first deal is decided between two opponents who each cut the cards - whoever cuts the higher card has the slight advantage of dealing first.’
      • ‘It was one of the most daring missions of the Second World War - and the stakes had never been higher.’
      • ‘The only difference is the stakes are significantly higher.’
    2. 2.2Very favourable.
      ‘she had no very high opinion of men’
      • ‘I don't mind you talking about me to your friends, but it doesn't seem any of them have a very high opinion of me. maybe rightly.’
      • ‘The fact that Britain's No 2 has a ferocious serve and a high opinion of his own abilities only makes matters worse.’
      • ‘Self-esteem means having a high opinion of ourselves regardless of what we may or may not have done to earn it.’
      • ‘If you are in Government you appoint people whom you can work with, and whom you have a high opinion of.’
      • ‘I am delighted he has been so impressed by our care and has such a high opinion of our staff.’
      • ‘The selectors have got a high opinion of Justin Marshall as a person and as a player.’
      • ‘The media baron has always had a high opinion of himself and a low one of many others.’
      • ‘but, in common with other members of the family, he had a very high opinion of himself.’
      • ‘You have always said you wanted to work with Sean Penn, because you had a very high opinion of him.’
      • ‘We cannot have too low an opinion of ourselves or too high an opinion of Christ.’
      • ‘Like many people he doesn't have a very high opinion of them claiming that they were put on this planet to make solicitors look good!’
      • ‘Hearing it again after years only confirmed my high opinion of the score.’
      • ‘Many people close to the club have a high opinion of him and we are quickly finding out why.’
      • ‘It did not take long for the cricketing community to realise why Cronje was admired and held in high esteem.’
      • ‘Mr Blass is looking forward to the operation being fully up and running in Sligo, an area he holds in high esteem.’
      • ‘He does not hold the pastor in high regard and often considers his homilies burdensome.’
      • ‘I have, as you know, an extremely high regard for the men and women in the Australian Defence Force.’
      • ‘I hold you in very high esteem, and have held you in very high esteem throughout that period.’
      • ‘People had held her in high esteem fancying that her withdrawal from public life was a sort of silent homage to her martyred husband.’
      favourable, good, positive, approving, admiring, complimentary, commendatory, appreciative, flattering, glowing, adulatory, approbatory, rapturous, full of praise
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    3. 2.3Extreme in religious or political views.
      ‘a man of high Tory opinions’
      • ‘The most striking characteristic of this political approach is the author's patent partiality and clear adherence to high Tory principles.’
      • ‘Christina, like her mother and sister Maria, was a devout High Anglican, much influenced by the Tractarians.’
    4. 2.4(of a period or movement) at its peak.
      ‘high summer’
      • ‘The existing public lavatory is used by 600 people a day in high summer.’
      • ‘If succulent plants are kept out in the high summer months then they get affected.’
      • ‘It was high summer when I was there and as the days rolled on and flawless blue sky followed flawless blue sky, it began to get a little boring.’
      • ‘It seems like only a fortnight ago it was high summer - hot sweaty summer - but now all of a sudden it's autumn.’
      • ‘This is Yorkshire in high summer, so it's pouring with rain this morning.’
      • ‘The passionate retelling of Shakespeare's tragic story is set in the Italian city of Verona during high summer.’
      • ‘The air had been washed down, sweeping away the usual mist that hangs over the Greek Islands in high summer.’
      • ‘In the blistering heat of high summer, it is literally too hot for study and so youngsters get a couple of months off.’
      • ‘This is one of the best spots in the country, but it's cold even in high summer.’
      • ‘It gets so crowded here in high summer that there's often no room to sit down, let alone lay out a towel.’
      • ‘Spain's Balearic islands are now among the in places to see and be seen in high summer.’
      • ‘Moving into high summer, there are literally dozens of plants to choose from.’
      • ‘Don't go to Spain in high summer as it becomes very hot, especially away from coastal breezes.’
      • ‘It was high summer, and the grass shone green even as the powerful winds caused it to ripple and shimmer.’
      • ‘As it progresses the music evokes images of South Sea islands in balmy high summer.’
      • ‘You can spot all these features from your cliff path when the water is clear during high summer.’
      • ‘The low winter sun is much more favourable for good photography than high summer brilliance.’
      • ‘The leaves had lost the fresh green of early summer and taken on the darker bronzy tinge of high summer.’
      • ‘The work is considered a masterpiece in the use of perspective and in the portrayal of the artistic ideals of the High Renaissance.’
      • ‘The human body was the main preoccupation of High Renaissance artists and they often depicted it nude.’
  • 3Great in rank, status, or importance.

    ‘both held high office under Lloyd George’
    ‘financial security is high on your list of priorities’
    • ‘He said this situation had put the issue of imports very high on the agenda.’
    • ‘Robert Altman has definitely made better films, but this one must rank high on the list.’
    • ‘Finding a permanent home for the campus is high on the university's agenda.’
    • ‘Respect for the preservation of the environment was high on his sense of priorities.’
    • ‘Lydon has much to offer, but Woodward elevated him to high office incredibly early in his coaching career.’
    • ‘In addition to housing and employment, education and tackling crime are also high on their agenda.’
    • ‘The escalating problem of unruly, yobbish behaviour is now high on the agenda for politicians of all persuasions.’
    • ‘Getting water is high on everyone's list of priorities and takes up a good part of a resident's time.’
    • ‘At that point in time, the impending smoking ban and the effect it would have on drink sales were high on the agenda.’
    • ‘Road traffic accident reduction is a high priority for North Yorkshire firefighters and our partners.’
    • ‘He also achieved a high position in the Academy at Geneva, becoming its rector.’
    • ‘We have many women in high positions in the Church especially working in parishes.’
    • ‘What is it like for a woman in Taiwan to rise to such a high position, and what challenges have you faced?’
    • ‘Frank just happened to have a family member who had a high position in Microsoft.’
    • ‘For someone in such a high position to dismiss and discount this argument is really worrying.’
    • ‘He stressed that other high positions in the organisation are filled by those committed to conservation.’
    • ‘None of his are thought through, a dangerous fault for someone so high in Government.’
    • ‘Politics is much more of a closed shop in Britain and Australia than it is in the US. You have to have go through a certain lengthy career path in the party and parliament before standing for any high office.’
    • ‘Press conferences are usually reserved for those higher in the chain of command.’
    • ‘Arthur Balfour unexpectedly rewarded him by appointing him Chancellor of the Exchequer, a higher office than he had ever received under the Liberals or the Lloyd George coalition.’
    high-ranking, high-level, leading, top, top-level, prominent, eminent, pre-eminent, foremost, senior, influential, distinguished, powerful, important, elevated, notable, principal, prime, premier, chief, main, upper, ruling, exalted, illustrious
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    1. 3.1Ranking above others of the same kind.
      ‘the last High King of Ireland’
      • ‘Brian Ború was crowned King of Munster here in 977 and he became High King of Ireland in 1002.’
      • ‘The site was considered the capital of Ireland, when it became the seat of the High King, who would rule the dozens of kingdoms that had emerged across the country.’
    2. 3.2Morally or culturally superior.
      ‘blurring the distinctions between high art and popular art’
      • ‘The auteur's true genius lies in his ability to combine high art with popular culture.’
      • ‘The Czechs are nothing if not talented musicians with a deep love of fine culture and high art.’
      • ‘One final relevant feature of postmodernity is its mixture of popular and high culture.’
      • ‘Her films and writings establish an exchange between high and popular culture, art and commerce.’
      • ‘During this period the gap between most forms of high culture and popular culture remained wide.’
      • ‘This was a right old mish-mash of high art and low culture, sport and theatre.’
      • ‘While he argues that the opposition of high and low art is wrong, he does so only because he doesn't know what high art is in the first place.’
      • ‘An occasional snobbery still persists - theatre is the high art, film its lesser cousin.’
      • ‘Chapter 7 looks at the part that the Bible has played in high and popular culture.’
      • ‘What his parents lacked in high culture, they made up for in political principles.’
      • ‘Lisa and I are off for an afternoon of high culture at the theatre.’
      • ‘Persian was the court language and the language of literature and of high culture.’
      • ‘It may not have been high art, but for sheer singalong spectacle and professionalism it was unbeatable.’
      • ‘Popular taste is a good guide to the temper of the times, much more so than highbrow high culture.’
      • ‘Literature was no exception, and Shakespeare was eagerly received as the epitome of high culture.’
      • ‘The classics had a profound presence not only in the high culture, but in the inner lives of educated persons.’
      • ‘The new Millennium wing at the National Gallery represents the marriage of high ideals and fine art.’
      • ‘Ernest's father, a man of high ideals, was very strict and censored the books he allowed his children to read.’
      • ‘Once realized, this consciousness leads to an awareness of something higher than physical needs, emotional desires, and survival demands dictated by hormones or organs.’
      • ‘It would have been the kiss of death for his career - but if he really was motivated by high principles then at least he would know he had done the right thing.’
      high-minded, noble-minded, lofty, moral, ethical, honourable, admirable, upright, principled, honest, virtuous, righteous
      excellent, outstanding, exemplary, exceptional, admirable, fine, great, good, very good, first-class, first-rate, superior, superlative, superb, commendable, laudable, praiseworthy, meritorious, blameless, faultless, flawless, impeccable, irreproachable, unimpeachable, perfect, unequalled, unparalleled
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  • 4(of a sound or note) having a frequency at the upper end of the auditory range.

    ‘a high, squeaky voice’
    • ‘As they cross into his yard, their voices fade to a dull murmur punctuated by high laughter.’
    • ‘Her voice was high and almost childish as she gave the man a playful swat on the arm.’
    • ‘The intro was played softly and her voice was high and sweet, singing the melody.’
    • ‘Did you know that as human ears age, they lose the ability to pick up high pitches?’
    • ‘A high sing-song voice rang from the kitchen and a woman appeared.’
    • ‘All of a sudden, the stillness of the air was torn by the loud, shrill sound of a klaxon wailing at high pitch.’
    • ‘Her voice could reach such a high pitch, that it could actually cause a dog to lose its sanity.’
    • ‘The sound of the drill is high and shrill and shatters the silence in my room.’
    • ‘The best singers started their song at a low pitch to suit the range with which their voices are able to cope, and did not try songs which required them to reach high notes.’
    • ‘She has this really high shrill voice that makes me cringe every time she speaks.’
    • ‘‘You're hurt,’ she said in her high childish voice.’
    • ‘A high whining sound came from the other end, and he held the phone away from his ear, rolling his eyes and grimacing.’
    high-pitched, high-frequency, soprano, treble, falsetto, shrill, acute, sharp, piping, piercing, penetrating
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    1. 4.1(of a singer or instrument) producing notes of relatively high pitch.
      ‘a high soprano voice’
      • ‘He wrote several so-called ‘concert’ arias, tailor-made for Aloysia's astonishing high soprano.’
      • ‘His energy in concert was quite inspiring, each song found him stomping about the stage, singing in a high tenor with sparse instrumentation provided by an acoustic guitar.’
      • ‘The G clef is used for the upper staff of keyboard music, the soprano voice, and the high instruments (e.g. violin or flute).’
      • ‘The cadenzas break down the quintet into low strings (cello and viola), high strings (the two violins), and piano.’
  • 5informal predicative Feeling euphoric, especially from the effects of drugs or alcohol.

    ‘she wasn't tipsy, just a little high’
    ‘some of them were high on Ecstasy’
    • ‘During some of these incidents he admitted to being high on heroin and cocaine.’
    • ‘During the three-week trial the jury heard Giles, 19, was high on drink and drugs at the time of the attack.’
    • ‘It was 2001 when Joe was physically attacked by a passenger he believes was high on drugs.’
    • ‘He admitted that he had no idea what he was doing on the day of the murders because he was so high on drugs.’
    • ‘This witness also admitted to being high on crack cocaine, marijuana and beer the night of the killing.’
    • ‘Once again a boorish minority, high on drugs or drink, is to blame.’
    • ‘They were pursuing a mirage of infinite wealth in private aeroplanes, high on champagne and designer drugs.’
    • ‘This wasn't the boy who seemed to be high on opium every time I met him.’
    • ‘He used to come home high on marijuana and my little sisters were seeing him like that, so I have seen what drugs can lead to.’
    • ‘It was also alleged he rang Miss A in the early hours telling her he was high on cocaine and that he wanted to perform a sex act with her.’
    • ‘He is fat, lazy, moody, gluttonous, horny and pretty much constantly drunk or high on hashish.’
    • ‘In fact, as the hours wore on, I found I was feeling charged and a little high with all the chocolate.’
    • ‘The defence lawyer noted that he was high on crack cocaine at the time of the stabbing.’
    • ‘I could tell that she had slept hardly at all during the day, she was probably still high from the night before.’
    • ‘Maybe I am still high from all the joints I smoked earlier this evening.’
    intoxicated, inebriated, on drugs, drugged, stupefied, befuddled, delirious, hallucinating
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  • 6predicative (especially of food) unpleasantly strong-smelling because beginning to go bad.

    ‘it's a type of preserved butter, used for cooking, smells a little high’
    • ‘The cheese was rather high, and tended to crumble when we opened the tin, but it was quite edible.’
    gamy, smelly, strong-smelling
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    1. 6.1(of game) slightly decomposed and so ready to cook.
      ‘Mine are hung for no more than 2 or 3 days especially over the last few years what with the milder winters. Its a question of taste and how high you like your bird.’
      ‘The meat was quite high with complex strong flavours, which is just the way I like it.’
      gamy, smelly, strong-smelling
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  • 7Phonetics
    (of a vowel) produced with the tongue relatively near the palate.

    ‘The symbol ‘i’ in IPA (as in most orthographies) denotes a high front vowel.’
    ‘New York pronunciation has a long, tense, very round vowel in words like caught, and a long, tense, relatively high vowel in words such as cab.’

noun

  • 1A high point, level, or figure.

    ‘commodity prices were at a rare high’
    • ‘In Finland, sea levels reached record highs, cutting off several coastal roads, but no major damage was reported.’
    • ‘In 2002, unemployment levels reached historic highs of 23 percent, real wages plummeted and the peso was severely devalued.’
    • ‘This is a big worry, because mortgage debt and consumer credit figures keep hitting new highs every month.’
    • ‘However, with borrowing and debt levels at record highs, buoyancy in these areas could still crumble rapidly if the general view of the economy changes for the worse.’
    • ‘Coogan's comments follow the publication of figures last week which showed that mortgage lending and levels of personal debt had reached all-time highs.’
    • ‘Jiangxi Province in East China has been hot since the beginning of July, with highs over 37 degrees Celsius almost every day.’
    • ‘The jobless figures rose in every state except Western Australia, reaching highs of 9 percent in Queensland and 9.2 percent in Tasmania.’
    • ‘The banks' gloomy predictions come after the FTSE100 reached new highs in 2003 and its highest level since August 2002.’
    • ‘Similarly, by early January, the tech stocks that had led the Nasdaq to record levels had plummeted 35 percent from their December highs.’
    • ‘But over the week the Japanese yen leapt to new three-year highs of around Y110.90 against the dollar, signalling that policy may indeed have changed after all.’
    • ‘Everyone knows about oil, but wholesale coal prices rose by 40% last year and metal prices, from copper to platinum, still regularly hit new highs.’
    • ‘Temperatures averaged almost 10 degrees above normal with highs reaching the low-to-mid nineties.’
    • ‘Records tumbled across Yorkshire yesterday as schools and colleges in the region saw A-level scores hit new highs.’
    • ‘Equally, the proportion undertaking further study is at a record high.’
    • ‘With gasoline hitting new highs, motorists have been doing plenty of grousing at the pumps.’
    • ‘Gasoline prices continue to hit record highs and AAA says the national average for a gallon of self-serve regular now is $2.41.’
    • ‘The bureau said Monday was the hottest day of the year so far, with a record high of 37.8?’
    • ‘However, economists believe the euro will continue to reach new highs against both the dollar and sterling in the coming months.’
    • ‘The IPCC have said that the level of other greenhouse gases is also at an all time high.’
    • ‘With the summer heat hitting new highs and the air conditioner not functioning due to power restrictions, I decided that we would take a little expedition to the zoo.’
    high level, high point, record level, peak, record, high water mark
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    1. 1.1A high-frequency sound or musical note.
      ‘piercing highs and subterranean lows’
      • ‘From the mellow, dark low register to brilliant instrumental highs, his sound is beautiful - like musical crystal.’
      • ‘She improvised the notes, the highs and lows but still stuck to the original song.’
      • ‘Excellent move, because the iRiver's audio quality remains one of the best on the market, with eardrum-busting bass notes or ethereal highs.’
      • ‘Children are particularly sensitive to highs and lows, as well as pitch duration.’
      • ‘Like other Bose speaker products, its sound is huge, with tight, crispy highs and deep clean lows.’
      • ‘The Harman / Kardon speakers produce deep, luscious bass and clear, crisp singing highs.’
      • ‘Despite the electronics, the music is rather flat and uniform, lacking highs, lows and climaxes.’
      • ‘The Scandinavian sound tends to be clean and full, with aching highs and a harmony that carries in both channels of stereo in a unique way.’
      • ‘I wanted to use something with plenty of highs and lows, and good use of bass.’
      • ‘Quite frankly I was pretty surprised that it sounded pretty good in both music and DVD's, with nice highs even without a single tweeter.’
    2. 1.2A high power setting.
      ‘the vent blower was on high’
      • ‘A similar phenomenon occurs when you have a heater set on high in an overheated room with all the windows and doors closed.’
      • ‘I lie in bed, clad in shorts and a tank top, with the fan on high and all the windows open.’
      • ‘When the rice is cooked, microwave the cabbage on high for two to three minutes or until soft.’
      • ‘Put the element on high until the water in the bottom pot is boiling, then turn down to medium.’
      • ‘If you are griddling, preheat your ridged grill pan on high for five minutes.’
    3. 1.3An area of high barometric pressure; an anticyclone.
      • ‘In the southern hemisphere it is the meeting place of the dry east to southeast winds generated by the subtropical highs, and the moisture-laden northwesterly monsoon winds.’
      • ‘The high may move northward to cover Scotland or stay stuck just south of the UK.’
      • ‘These intermittent highs effectively separate the northwestern trough from the deep-water regions of the Hatton-Rockall and Iceland Basins to the west.’
    4. 1.4Top gear in a motor vehicle.
      ‘the system lets you shift into 4WD high’
      • ‘While Sullivan hasn't reached Mikita and Savard's heights, he has recorded career highs in goals and points in this, his second season with the Hawks.’
  • 2A notably happy or successful moment.

    ‘the highs and lows of life’
    • ‘The awards give students the opportunity to experience the emotional highs and lows and the practicalities of a live performance.’
    • ‘Most of these players had never experienced emotional highs and lows of such a magnitude in such a close time period.’
    • ‘John will talk about his own background and experience, sharing the highs and lows of running a successful business.’
    • ‘The crash was one of the lows in a career that has had many highs, notably winning the World Under-21 title in 1993.’
    • ‘It has been a long year for the Chancellor, one in which he has seen a number of highs, notably the birth of his son.’
    • ‘It was a time of occasional highs and many lows - court appearances, television interviews, press conferences, parliamentary lobbies.’
    • ‘In more than a quarter of a century of training, Luca Cumani has enjoyed many highs, including success in two Epsom Derbys, but also his fair share of lows.’
    • ‘Married in 1949 to a very successful businessman in India, she has experienced many highs and lows in her life.’
    • ‘Like many players, I've experienced the highs and lows which go hand-in-hand with having a career in professional football.’
    • ‘From his days as an amateur with the late Gordon Richards in the early 1970s, O'Neill has experienced dramatic highs and lows.’
    • ‘She knows more about racing's highs and lows than anyone, having overcome all manner of hurdles to establish herself at the top of the sport.’
    • ‘All in all, then, a talented performer with some notable career highs.’
    • ‘Three years of touring around America and experiencing the highs and lows of the rock 'n' roll lifestyle followed, with Mankowitz in effect becoming the seventh member of the band.’
    • ‘Jacklin's life has been a roller-coaster of emotions, full of highs and lows.’
    • ‘No candidate is more emotionally prepared for the exhilarating highs and debilitating lows of a presidential marathon.’
    • ‘It's important to remember that we all experience highs and lows in our fitness programs; it's how you deal with them that matters most.’
    • ‘He believed that without lows you couldn't experience highs, and that by getting through our problems together, our relationship was strengthened.’
    • ‘As well as the highs, Sheerin has experienced enough of life's lows to ensure he appreciates all that comes his way.’
    • ‘The controversial 27-year-old has suffered an all too familiar emotional rollercoaster ride of highs and lows.’
    • ‘From the depths of despair to the ecstatic highs, the Olympics coverage on the BBC has provided us with a roller coaster of emotions bringing out the best in live television over the last couple of weeks.’
    ecstatic, euphoric, delirious, elated, thrilled, overjoyed, beside oneself, walking on air, on cloud nine, on cloud seven, in seventh heaven, jumping for joy, in transports of delight, carried away, transported, rapturous, in raptures, exultant, jubilant, in a frenzy of delight
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    1. 2.1informal A state of high spirits or euphoria.
      ‘if the stable is doing well then everybody's on a high’
      ‘golf provides him with an adrenalin high’
      • ‘Cannabis does alter your mind. It can make you more irritable, or sometimes depress you, or sometimes put you on a high.’
      • ‘Fortunately, I was on a high by now, and energy was pouring out of me.’
      • ‘I was on a high for the rest of the night, and it lasted until the next day.’
      • ‘With a World Cup just months away, England are determined to finish this Six Nations' campaign on a high.’
      • ‘Most of the pilots were still on a high from the manner of the victory.’
      • ‘It could have been better, but thankfully we finished on a high by winning the FA Cup.’
      • ‘Then the homecoming we got in Galway, you'd be on a high for a week after it.’
      • ‘Exhausted cyclist Sarah Ulmer is still on a high from taking gold at the Olympics in world record time.’
      • ‘One day she would be depressed and then the next day she would be on a high.’
      • ‘All the tension and knots just disappeared and I was on a high for the rest of the day.’
      • ‘The audience were whipped up into a frenzy of emotion that sent everyone home on a high.’
      • ‘Two trophies in his first six months in charge ensured the club ended last season on a high.’
      • ‘I want to be clean and healthy and fit for my kids and have normal highs that aren't due to cocaine.’
      • ‘If you are an adrenalin junkie, you can rest assured that the highs you get from a workout with this car will never be beaten by anything else with four wheels and a licence plate.’
      • ‘He's gone for a lot of French players but French football is on a real high at the moment.’
      • ‘By the end of the performance I'm absolutely starving and on a real adrenaline high.’
      • ‘There was also a craze for ‘speedballs’ where users take a mix of heroin and crack cocaine to sustain their high.’
      • ‘She claims she now has more energy and inspiration, and is on a permanent natural high.’
      • ‘He neither drinks, nor smokes, preferring transcendental meditation to the highs attained through substance abuse.’
      • ‘The neurotransmitter plays a major role in drug-induced highs and in addiction.’
      ecstatic, euphoric, delirious, elated, thrilled, overjoyed, beside oneself, walking on air, on cloud nine, on cloud seven, in seventh heaven, jumping for joy, in transports of delight, carried away, transported, rapturous, in raptures, exultant, jubilant, in a frenzy of delight
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  • 3North American informal High school.

    ‘I go to junior high’
    • ‘And these were girls that Haylie had grown up with, in middle school and junior high.’
    • ‘He had gone to my elementary school, moved on to junior high, and I never saw him again.’
    • ‘I was in the last year of primary school while my sister was in junior high.’
    • ‘He has a new family and a job as head janitor in a junior high, but the past isn't through with him yet.’
    • ‘Miller is not a musician, but he tried the trombone for one semester in junior high.’
    • ‘Blake stopped the car in front of the junior high and Andy waved at some friends.’
    • ‘I grabbed his hand, wanting to listen to the song I had listened to back in junior high.’
    • ‘It's nothing for him to stop by a class room and spend an hour with kids at a local junior high.’
    • ‘When we got to the top we would both talk about how life would be like when we were in junior high.’
    • ‘Back in junior high, the mall was the place where my friends and I spent most of our free time.’
    • ‘She grew up on the North Shore, and met Billy Davie when she was still in junior high.’
    • ‘We're both adults now and maybe formed a different idea about ourselves from who we were in junior high.’
    • ‘I was supposed to be going into my sophomore year with all the friends that I had made last year in junior high.’
    • ‘From the day he and I had met in the fifth or sixth grade, up until our final two years in junior high, we had both been fairly close and good friends.’
    • ‘She had secretly liked him since junior high and now she got to pretend to be with him.’
    • ‘I wanted to know because she looked old enough to be in junior high but acted so much younger.’
    • ‘I have been a diabetic since junior high and had to drink sissy diet sodas for years.’
    • ‘I've had this pen name since junior high, and it doesn't do a whole lot for me anymore.’
    • ‘The soccer conversation ended as we arrived at the school parking lot of Clemington High.’
    • ‘I took a couple of deep breaths, preparing myself for yet another day at Green County High, and then took off for my Algebra class.’

adverb

  • 1At or to a considerable or specified height.

    ‘the sculpture stood about five feet high’
    ‘a dish piled high with baked beans’
    • ‘Mr Bond said that before the council collected the mess this week it was piled five feet high against the wall of the flats.’
    • ‘So, despite these edicts, new apartment houses continued to be built five or six storeys high.’
    • ‘I was a little concerned that I would pitch my material too high or too low.’
    • ‘The decor is sparse and dated, but staff are friendly and keen to explain the different dishes. There is no wait service - you just grab a tray and pile it high.’
    • ‘Dishes from yesterday's dinner are piled high in the sink.’
    • ‘The circular table in his office is piled high with newspapers and books that he intends to read if only he could find the time.’
    • ‘Around ten minutes to three I observe a plane flying high overhead and heading out towards the Atlantic.’
    • ‘Some athletes take steroids in the hopes that they will improve their ability to run faster, hit farther, lift heavier weights, jump higher, or have more endurance.’
    • ‘Our main focus is on promoting young talent and we are developing this sponsorship to recognise individuals who aim high and work hard.’
    • ‘If you prefer the sun head to North Costa Blanca in Spain where, set high on a hill in the Jalon valley is a four bedroom villa with its own swimming pool and sun terrace just an hour from Alicante airport.’
    • ‘Across the room stood a tower of vinyl albums stacked about 14 feet high.’
    • ‘At last they stopped to eat and rest again, as the sun reached its zenith high above.’
    • ‘The female builds the nest, which is located on a horizontal branch high up in a conifer tree.’
    • ‘In one corner of the room sat a desk and chair, both made of maple wood and piled high with various papers.’
    • ‘The shade in which they had been resting was rapidly disappearing as the sun rose high into the sky.’
    • ‘The cheap seats way up high are packed and, in the orchestra, there are just a few empties.’
    • ‘Exploding gas tanks launched huge fireballs and black plumes of smoke high into the air.’
    • ‘But some governments placed it higher on their agendas than others.’
    • ‘All of the larger lakes in Gran Canaria are situated high up in the mountains.’
    • ‘The sun was already high in a cloudless blue sky and a heat haze shrouded the surrounding mountains.’
    • ‘Any visit to his house was likely to involve a discussion about the placing of a sculpture or just how high on the wall a tapestry should hang.’
    • ‘He was balding, pudgy, pale and had his pants hitched up a little too high on his waist.’
    at great height, high up, far up, way up, at altitude
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  • 2Highly.

    ‘he ranked high among the pioneers of chemical technology’
    • ‘There is no great benefit from ranking high this year as next year there are no World Championships.’
    • ‘It has to be said that Pas de la Casa is boring, unless getting legless ranks high on your list.’
    • ‘What is lacking are not the resources, but the political will. It is clear these topics do not rate very high on his agenda.’
    • ‘The only cities to rate higher on the index were London, Paris and Helsinki.’
    • ‘People who listen to Mozart then score slightly higher on specific tests of cognitive function.’
    • ‘He scored high on intelligence tests, is ambidextrous and is known as a hard worker.’
    • ‘The babies whose parents signed to them later scored higher on repeated tests of verbal ability.’
    1. 2.1At a high price.
      ‘buying shares low and selling them high’
      • ‘PC vendors may even keep their prices high and use the cuts to fatten their own margins.’
      • ‘At one time it had instituted proceedings against more than 130 banks for colluding to keep prices high.’
      • ‘It depends in part on how high the oil price goes and for how long.’
      • ‘That is because there is no limit to how high a share price can rise.’
      • ‘McKnight feels these factors will keep the price of the components high.’
      • ‘They are cashing in on demand from the North where the value of sterling keeps prices high.’
      • ‘A resale ban makes it easier for producers to divide up the market and keep prices high.’
      • ‘Experts say that worries about security in the Middle East are also helping to keep prices high.’
      • ‘A cynic might argue that drug companies hold back the release of drugs to keep prices high.’
      • ‘Over the next few weeks advisers will be deciding how many shares to sell and how high to price them.’
      • ‘Conventional wisdom dictates that investors should buy low and sell high.’
  • 3(of a sound) at or to a high pitch.

    ‘my voice went high with excitement’
    • ‘We, the campaigners for radical change, have to raise our voices high.’
    • ‘My voice went high with excitement.’
    • ‘Without realizing it, I had raised my voice high enough for the whole class to hear.’
    • ‘‘No!’ Stephanie raises her voice higher than she had anticipated. ‘That's not it at all!’’
    • ‘I sang tenor and there was only like three of us in the whole school who could sing high like that.’

Phrases

    ace (or king or queen etc.) high
    • (in card games) having the ace (or another specified card) as the highest-ranking.

      ‘he had a hearts flush, queen high’
      • ‘Normal ranking of the cards applies, with ace high.’
      • ‘The deck is a standard American deck of fifty-two cards, ace high.’
      • ‘When cutting for deal the cards now rank in their normal order with ace high, and the deal can be one or three cards at a time at the dealer's choice.’
      • ‘The cards of the other suits rank in the normal way from ace high down to two, leaving out the cards of the trump rank.’
      • ‘I put down my three of a kind ace high and leaned back.’
    from on high
    • From remote high authority or heaven.

      ‘central government programmes coming down from on high’
      • ‘Nick's work with the homeless and the long-term unemployed, has won him recognition from on high, and I'm not just talking about the heavens.’
      • ‘The inclusion of developing countries in a meeting of advanced industrialised countries reflects an awareness that elitist decisions cannot be imposed from on high without the cooperation of those whose interests they will affect.’
      • ‘In the past decade, however, strategy and policy have increasingly been handed down from on high, with governors being required to implement such policy with no regard for their concerns over the dangers such implementation may pose.’
      • ‘The overtly political lyrics have since been toned down, following a proclamation from on high that Eurovision songs should not be political in content.’
      • ‘The decision has come from on high and there's not a lot we can do, really.’
      • ‘Grassroots supporters in this region sent a clear signal at the weekend to the party ‘top brass’ that they do not like dictation from on high.’
      • ‘Decisions are often made from on high and the person running the pub has very little say in how they can run the operation.’
      • ‘One of the best things about this movement is that no one is handing down a manifesto from on high.’
      • ‘All languages are human creations, not sent down from on high, and the words we invent change their meanings over hundreds of years.’
      • ‘It's odd to present results as if delivered on stone tablets from on high when there are such glaring discrepancies between polls.’
    high and low
    • In many different places.

      ‘I searched high and low for a new teacher’
      • ‘Their distraught owners, who have searched high and low for their missing pets, fear it is more than a coincidence.’
      • ‘He is part of the family and we have been searching high and low for him.’
      • ‘At the end of the day this crime is unprecedented, we are searching high and low to find who is responsible.’
      • ‘We searched high and low but there was no trace of the poor fellow and we had no choice but to continue.’
      • ‘I have searched high and low for it and have even been round to local shops, but no one has seen it.’
      • ‘Before searching high and low for a buyer, you might consider donating the items to charity.’
      • ‘He and Grover had searched high and low for the letter yesterday, but it had been nowhere to be found.’
      • ‘I too have searched high and low for an English translation of the Thai Highway Code, to no avail.’
      • ‘Just about this very time four years ago rescue workers had been searching high and low for him.’
      • ‘I searched high and low, but I couldn't find you and no one seemed to know where you were.’
    high and dry
    • 1Out of the water, especially stranded by the sea as it retreats.

      ‘when the tide goes out, a lot of boats are left high and dry’
      • ‘By carbon-dating sediments deposited in the lake's spillways or in marshes left high and dry by sudden drops in water, scientists can now chronicle the lake's changing profile.’
      • ‘Beadlet anemones are found in such shallow water that they are left high and dry at low tide.’
      • ‘The ark was a refuge until the waters went down, leaving Noah and his menagerie high and dry on Mount Ararat.’
      • ‘Environment Agency Fisheries Officers swung into action earlier this week to rescue thousands of fish left high and dry after recent river levels plunged after flooding.’
      1. 1.1Without resources or help.
        ‘your family would be left high and dry by the death of the breadwinner’
        • ‘The 130 people, many sick or elderly, were left high and dry in the French pilgrimage town after their tour operator, Bon Voyage, couldn't provide a plane on Sunday.’
        • ‘This suggests yet another consequence of the cuts, which is that the women who are employed in the childcare sector will also be left high and dry now that their source of revenue has been seriously attenuated.’
        • ‘The scale of the crisis will become more evident on Tuesday when the watchdogs deliver their latest report, confirming that 60% of homeowners look set to be left high and dry.’
        • ‘More recently, policyholders were left high and dry when Blue Swan Insurance went into liquidation.’
        • ‘It's a dangerous strategy to sell a hotel mainly on its fashionability: fashions change, and when they do, you're apt to be left high and dry.’
        • ‘And some fear they could be left high and dry if plans to move accident and emergency services from Burnley to Blackburn are also approved.’
        • ‘So far, trading standards officers in Oldham are trying to help 150 customers who feel they have been left high and dry by the company.’
        • ‘In the end, it is the taxpayer who will have to foot the bill if small fishing communities are left high and dry.’
        • ‘Holidaymakers have been left high and dry at Heathrow Airport as staff walked out in a dispute over clocking on and off.’
        • ‘Hundreds of south Essex pupils were today left high and dry again after two popular school bus routes were axed.’
    the high ground
    • A position of superiority in a debate or contest.

      ‘we must seize the high ground, and show how we stand for people 's basic beliefs in this area’
      ‘he wants the EU to take the moral high ground by agreeing to an environmental tax’
      • ‘One of the most basic tenets of military strategy is never give up the high ground.’
      • ‘This could be one area where the Tories could seize the high ground, and I would welcome the mention of some concrete proposals in this area from the future leader to that effect.’
      • ‘The rebel leaders had taken the high ground, and as many as 300 strong outnumbered the troops by approximately three to one.’
      • ‘The homosexual community can't claim the high ground in the debate either.’
      • ‘Having started from a false premise it is difficult, if not impossible, to regain the high ground of scholarship.’
    high and mighty
    informal
    • Behaving as though one is more important than others.

      ‘he could punish her for being high and mighty’
      • ‘It's a little too easy to come on all high and mighty about insolvency when you've never been there yourself.’
      • ‘I tried to act like everyone else in Warrington, high and mighty and convinced of my own superiority, but I couldn't pull it off.’
      • ‘Even though his Mum was too high and mighty to keep visiting me he used to come by whenever he were near the place and I'm pretty fond of the lad.’
      • ‘I'm so tired of her giving us those looks that make us feel inferior, and I'm tired of her acting all high and mighty.’
      • ‘You might think you're so high and mighty now because you married the master, but I know your beginnings.’
      • ‘You think you're so high and mighty, don't you?’
      • ‘There have been a lot of great champions but he is just classy - he is never high and mighty in the locker room or anything like that.’
      • ‘You might act all high and mighty, but I know your secret - your mother told me everything.’
      • ‘We'd have exactly the same problems here so I'm not going to get all high and mighty.’
      • ‘Who did she think she was, coming all high and mighty with me?’
    a high old —
    informal
    • attributive Used for emphasis.

      ‘a high old time of it we all had’
      • ‘Seventy three years ago today, the good folk of Bishopthorpe would have been getting themselves into a high old state.’
      • ‘Having wound ourselves up into a high old state, this is just what we need.’
      • ‘He fidgets around the sofa, crossing his arms, chewing his lip and wearing a curious smirk that could either mean he's having a high old time or that he's never hated an interview more.’
      • ‘Despite too much warm white wine, not enough sleep and the traditional conference 'flu, most people in Bournemouth are having a high old time.’
    high, wide, and handsome
    informal
    • Expansive and impressive.

      ‘the resort's skiing is high, wide, and handsome’
    it is high time that —
    • It is past the time when something should have happened or been done.

      ‘it was high time that she faced facts’
      • ‘‘Travel agents and tour operators operate a bonding system and it is high time that airline consumers had the same protection,’ Mr Brazil said.’
      • ‘I would suggest that it is high time that government reconsidered how it is going to deal with drug pushers, for current methods are expensive, fundamentally ineffective and deny funding in far more needy areas.’
      • ‘The fact that Ireland hasn't had a national agricultural policy since we joined the EU shows how complacent we have become and it is high time that we become more pro-active.’
      • ‘For a soccer-mad county like Waterford, 24 years is an eternity to be without a cup win and it is high time that that record was addressed and put right.’
      • ‘The people themselves represent a powerful social resource, and it is high time that the federal government recognizes this.’
      • ‘I think it is high time that elected political representatives took a stand against this sort of behaviour.’
      • ‘Devizes has got a big problem here and it is high time that the schools, the police and the youth club all worked together to find a solution.’
      • ‘If politics is about people, it is high time that taxpayers saw some form of payback for the money they contribute to society.’
      • ‘It's high time more draconian measures were brought in and quickly.’
      • ‘It's high time the authorities considered giving rebates to people on long-term incapacity benefit.’
    run high
    • 1(of a river) be close to overflowing, with a strong current.

      ‘the river was running high with the rain’
      • ‘Homeowners and businesses in Sheffield and Doncaster had to pump water from downstairs rooms and cellars and loud hailers were used to warn businesses that the River Sheaf was running high close to Midland Station.’
      • ‘The river is running high, and the boats settle into the current south of the Wilson Bridge.’
      • ‘It's spring in western Montana; the rivers are running high and the newspapers are running stories of capsized canoes and dogs washed away.’
      • ‘The Grand River is running high and hard this morning.’
      • ‘The river ran high with a fast, central ribbon of foam.’
      • ‘Floods also caused some rail services to be diverted, and the Environment Agency issued warnings via loudhailers that the River Sheaf near Sheffield's Midland Rail Station was running high.’
      1. 1.1(of feelings) be intense.
        ‘passions run high when marriages break up’
        • ‘Passions have been running high in the Australian community with regard to her twenty-year sentence for drug trafficking; the majority of people believed she was innocent.’
        • ‘As always, passions will be running high at the start of the game and the play will be fast and furious.’
        • ‘Passions continued to run high in the Italian city of Genoa last night despite the end of the G8 summit.’
        • ‘Feelings are running high in Sligo at the moment and passions are only set to increase in the run-up to January 1.’
        • ‘Emotions were running high and people were obviously worried about their jobs.’
        • ‘Feelings are running high on all sides, with some farmers saying the crisis has been mishandled, while others have seemingly profited from distress by claiming compensation of more than £1 million each.’
        • ‘This is obviously an emotive issue, and emotions are currently running high.’
        • ‘Whenever you have tensions running high and military forces in close proximity to each other, you have the potential for conflict.’
        • ‘Ricketts said: ‘Confidence is running high in the camp and everyone is feeling a lot happier after our run of three wins in four games.’’
        • ‘In the final analysis, outsiders may wonder why passions are running so high on both sides of the divide.’
    on one's high horse
    informal
    • Behaving in an arrogant or pompous manner.

      ‘hell, boy, get down off your high horse’
      • ‘I think you'd have to be a bit of an asshole to get on your high horse and say ‘no we don't wanna play any of the old stuff’ and only play songs off the new record.’
      • ‘Before anyone gets back on their high horse, I have not missed a Sunday for church in something like nine years unless it is for weather, family emergency, or I am travelling.’
      • ‘So maybe the FA should get their own house in order before climbing on their high horse.’
      • ‘Before you start saying this is just a non-smoker getting on his high horse, let me explain.’
      • ‘Let me explain before you get on your high horse.’
      • ‘Granted, you can be quirky and annoying when you get on your high horse about something, but at least you care.’
      • ‘It's all very fine the FA getting on their high horse about streaming of live matches, but if a match is sold out and it's only being shown live in Spain, for example, how else is a fan expected to see it?’
      • ‘I think one has to be very careful before getting on one's high horse and saying either that big schools present problems, or little schools are the only way to go.’
      • ‘I just hope that the Minister, instead of getting on her high horse when I talked about the Food Safety Authority and the threat that it represents to a lot of dairy suppliers, will take those concerns more seriously.’
      • ‘Don't get on your high horse Nellie - you know as well as I do that this marriage is a marriage in name only.’
    on high
    • In or to heaven or a high place.

      ‘a spotter plane circling on high’
      • ‘We managed, somehow, to keep our jobs, but alas, people on high had noticed and we were soon split up.’
      • ‘How can anyone sit on high, preach the law and preach about justice and then send someone to their death?’
      • ‘Someone on high wants it covered up and Brennan is determined to find out why.’
      • ‘Someone on high must have decided that we've had more than our fair share of ruined bank holidays.’
      at great height, high up, far up, way up, at altitude
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Origin

Old English hēah, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch hoog and German hoch.

Pronunciation

high

/hʌɪ/