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English Dictionary: high life by the DICT Development Group
2 results for high life
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
high life
  1. excessive spending [syn: extravagance, prodigality, lavishness, highlife, high life]
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
            (e) Very abstract; difficult to comprehend or surmount;
                  grand; noble.
                           Both meet to hear and answer such high things.
                           Plain living and high thinking are no more.
            (f) Costly; dear in price; extravagant; as, to hold goods
                  at a high price.
                           If they must be good at so high a rate, they
                           know they may be safe at a cheaper. --South.
            (g) Arrogant; lofty; boastful; proud; ostentatious; --
                  used in a bad sense.
                           An high look and a proud heart . . . is sin.
                                                                              --Prov. xxi.
                           His forces, after all the high discourses,
                           amounted really but to eighteen hundred foot.
      3. Possessing a characteristic quality in a supreme or
            superior degree; as, high (i. e., intense) heat; high (i.
            e., full or quite) noon; high (i. e., rich or spicy)
            seasoning; high (i. e., complete) pleasure; high (i. e.,
            deep or vivid) color; high (i. e., extensive, thorough)
            scholarship, etc.
                     High time it is this war now ended were. --Spenser.
                     High sauces and spices are fetched from the Indies.
      4. (Cookery) Strong-scented; slightly tainted; as, epicures
            do not cook game before it is high.
      5. (Mus.) Acute or sharp; -- opposed to {grave} or {low}; as,
            a high note.
      6. (Phon.) Made with a high position of some part of the
            tongue in relation to the palate, as [emac] ([emac]ve),
            [oomac] (f[oomac]d). See Guide to Pronunciation,
            [sect][sect] 10, 11.
      {High admiral}, the chief admiral.
      {High altar}, the principal altar in a church.
      {High and dry}, out of water; out of reach of the current or
            tide; -- said of a vessel, aground or beached.
      {High and mighty} arrogant; overbearing. [Colloq.]
      {High art}, art which deals with lofty and dignified subjects
            and is characterized by an elevated style avoiding all
            meretricious display.
      {High bailiff}, the chief bailiff.
      {High Church}, [and] {Low Church}, two ecclesiastical parties
            in the Church of England and the Protestant Episcopal
            Church. The high-churchmen emphasize the doctrine of the
            apostolic succession, and hold, in general, to a
            sacramental presence in the Eucharist, to baptismal
            regeneration, and to the sole validity of Episcopal
            ordination. They attach much importance to ceremonies and
            symbols in worship. Low-churchmen lay less stress on these
            points, and, in many instances, reject altogether the
            peculiar tenets of the high-church school. See {Broad
      {High constable} (Law), a chief of constabulary. See
            {Constable}, n., 2.
      {High commission court},a court of ecclesiastical
            jurisdiction in England erected and united to the regal
            power by Queen Elizabeth in 1559. On account of the abuse
            of its powers it was abolished in 1641.
      {High day} (Script.), a holy or feast day. --John xix. 31.
      {High festival} (Eccl.), a festival to be observed with full
      {High German}, [or] {High Dutch}. See under {German}.
      {High jinks}, an old Scottish pastime; hence, noisy revelry;
            wild sport. [Colloq.] [bd]All the high jinks of the
            county, when the lad comes of age.[b8] --F. Harrison.
      {High latitude} (Geog.), one designated by the higher
            figures; consequently, a latitude remote from the equator.
      {High life}, life among the aristocracy or the rich.
      {High liver}, one who indulges in a rich diet.
      {High living}, a feeding upon rich, pampering food.
      {High Mass}. (R. C. Ch.) See under {Mass}.
      {High milling}, a process of making flour from grain by
            several successive grindings and intermediate sorting,
            instead of by a single grinding.
      {High noon}, the time when the sun is in the meridian.
      {High place} (Script.), an eminence or mound on which
            sacrifices were offered.
      {High priest}. See in the Vocabulary.
      {High relief}. (Fine Arts) See {Alto-rilievo}.
      {High school}. See under {School}.
      {High seas} (Law), the open sea; the part of the ocean not in
            the territorial waters of any particular sovereignty,
            usually distant three miles or more from the coast line.
      {High steam}, steam having a high pressure.
      {High steward}, the chief steward.
      {High tea}, tea with meats and extra relishes.
      {High tide}, the greatest flow of the tide; high water.
      {High time}.
            (a) Quite time; full time for the occasion.
            (b) A time of great excitement or enjoyment; a carousal.
      {High treason}, treason against the sovereign or the state,
            the highest civil offense. See {Treason}.
      Note: It is now sufficient to speak of high treason as
               treason simply, seeing that petty treason, as a
               distinct offense, has been abolished. --Mozley & W.
      {High water}, the utmost flow or greatest elevation of the
            tide; also, the time of such elevation.
      {High-water mark}.
            (a) That line of the seashore to which the waters
                  ordinarily reach at high water.
            (b) A mark showing the highest level reached by water in a
                  river or other body of fresh water, as in time of
      {High-water shrub} (Bot.), a composite shrub ({Iva
            frutescens}), growing in salt marshes along the Atlantic
            coast of the United States.
      {High wine}, distilled spirits containing a high percentage
            of alcohol; -- usually in the plural.
      {To be on a high horse}, to be on one's dignity; to bear
            one's self loftily. [Colloq.]
      {With a high hand}.
            (a) With power; in force; triumphantly. [bd]The children
                  of Israel went out with a high hand.[b8] --Ex. xiv. 8.
            (b) In an overbearing manner, arbitrarily. [bd]They
                  governed the city with a high hand.[b8] --Jowett
                  (Thucyd. ).
      Syn: Tall; lofty; elevated; noble; exalted; supercilious;
               proud; violent; full; dear. See {Tall}.
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