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Raise the Bar

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November 17th, 2009

In field events like the high jump and pole vaulting, an athlete s objective is to clear an elevated, horizontal bar without touching it. The higher the officials raise the bar, the more challenging the event becomes. The popular usage of the phrase raise the bar borrows from this idea of meeting a greater challenge and possibly setting a new standard in the process. "Apple's iPhone really raised the bar for other companies that design smartphones."