LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
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high (P) Pronunciation Key (h)
Having a relatively great elevation; extending far upward: a high mountain; a high tower.
Being at or near the peak or culminating stage: the high tourist season; high summer.
Slightly spoiled or tainted; gamy. Used of meat.
Having a pitch corresponding to a relatively large number of sound-wave cycles per second: the high tones of a flute.
Of great importance: set a high priority on funding the housing program.
Greater than usual or expected, as in quantity, magnitude, cost, or degree: “A high price has to be paid for the happy marriage with the four healthy children” (Doris Lessing).
Indicating excitement or euphoria: high spirits.
adv. higher, highest
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In addition to the idioms beginning with high, also see blow sky-high; fly high; friend in court (high places); hell or high water; hit the high spots (points); hold one's head high; in high dudgeon; knee-high to a grasshopper; on high; on one's high horse; ride high; run high; stink to high heaven; think a lot (highly) of; turn on (get high).
Source: The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
adj 1: greater than normal in degree or intensity or amount; "a high temperature"; "a high price"; "the high point of his career"; "high risks"; "has high hopes"; "the river is high"; "he has a high opinion of himself" [ant: low] 2: (literal meanings) being at or having a relatively great or specific elevation or upward extension (sometimes used in combinations like `knee-high'); "a high mountain"; "high ceilings"; "high buildings"; "a high forehead"; "a high incline"; "a foot high" [ant: low] 3: standing above others in quality or position; "people in high places"; "the high priest"; "eminent members of the community" [syn: eminent] 4: used of sounds and voices; high in pitch or frequency [syn: high-pitched] [ant: low] 5: happy and excited and energetic [syn: in high spirits] 6: used of the smell of game beginning to taint [syn: gamey, gamy] 7: slightly and pleasantly intoxicated from alcohol or a drug (especially marijuana) [syn: mellow] n 1: a lofty level or position or degree; "summer temperatures reached an all-time high" [ant: low] 2: an air mass of higher than normal pressure; "the east coast benefits from a Bermuda high" [syn: high pressure] 3: a state of sustained elation; "I'm on a permanent high these days" [ant: low spirits] 4: a state of altered consciousness induced by alcohol or narcotics; "they took drugs to get a high on" 5: a high place; "they stood on high and observed the coutryside"; "he doesn't like heights" [syn: heights] 6: a public secondary school usually including grades 9 through 12; "he goes to the neighborhood highschool" [syn: senior high school, senior high, highschool, high school] 7: a forward gear with a gear ratio giving high vehicle velocity for a given engine speed [syn: high gear] adv 1: at a great altitude; "he climbed high on the ladder" [syn: high up] 2: in or to a high position, amount, or degree; "prices have gone up far too high" 3: in a rich manner; "he lives high" [syn: richly, luxuriously] 4: far up toward the source; "he lives high up the river"
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