low water mark

low water mark
UK / US noun [singular]
1) a mark that shows the lowest level that the sea, a river, or a lake has risen to
2) British the lowest level that something reaches before starting to come up again

The housing market is approaching its low water mark.


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  • Low water mark — Low Low (l[=o]), a. [Compar. {Lower} (l[=o] [ e]r); superl. {Lowest}.] [OE. low, louh, lah, Icel. l[=a]gr; akin to Sw. l[*a]g, Dan. lav, D. laag, and E. lie. See {Lie} to be prostrate.] [1913 Webster] 1. Occupying an inferior position or place;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • low water mark — low water .mark n a mark showing the lowest level reached by a river or other area of water →↑high water mark …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • low-water mark — [lō′wôt′ər] n. 1. a mark showing low water 2. the lowest point reached by anything …   English World dictionary

  • low-water mark — ► NOUN 1) the level reached by the sea at low tide. 2) a minimum recorded level or value …   English terms dictionary

  • low-water mark — noun 1. an extreme state of adversity; the lowest point of anything (Freq. 1) • Syn: ↑nadir • Hypernyms: ↑adversity, ↑hardship, ↑hard knocks 2. a line marking the lowest level reached …   Useful english dictionary

  • low water mark — noun (C) 1 a mark showing the lowest level reached by a river or other area of water 2 the worst time in someone s life, job etc: Our fortunes had reached their low water mark …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • low-water mark — 1. the lowest point reached by a low tide. 2. something indicating the bottom of a decline. 3. the lowest or least admirable level: the low water mark of political chicanery. [1520 30] * * * …   Universalium

  • low-water mark — /loʊ ˈwɔtə mak/ (say loh wawtuh mahk) noun 1. the level reached by water, usually tidal water, when at its lowest depth. 2. the least distinguished event in a series of events; the nadir …  

  • low-water mark — noun 1》 the level reached by the sea at low tide. 2》 a minimum recorded level or value …   English new terms dictionary

  • low water mark — lowest level that a body of water reaches …   English contemporary dictionary

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