High isn’t one of the most common words used in the English language.
The Top 10, in descending order, are: the, of, to, and, a, in, is, it, you, that.
High isn’t even on the Top 100 list.
But at 174 it ranks right up there on the Top 500.
High rears up all over the place as a noun, adverb and adjective.
As an adjective, though, it’s hard to imagine a word – even high’s antonym low – that precedes a more varied list of words.
In the Capitol, for instance, lobbyists are high powered, using high risk strategies because they play for high stakes but try to avoid a high profile in order to justify their high retainer.
Despite high level negotiations, a high caliber lobbyist might cause a high minded legislator high anxiety even if the lobbyist’s bill is a high priority for high school districts in high density parts of California.
The high court can overturn high crimes or misdemeanors.
In Hollywood, a good idea is high concept.
High pitch. High note. High fidelity.
High School Musical.
High Grades. High marks. High performance. High score.
High end. High living. High society.
High temperature. High latitude. High altitude.
High tragedy. High adventure. High security.
High winds over Endor.
High strung. High voltage. High explosives.
High value. High quality. High price.
Hijinks? Hijack? No, that’s just hyperbole.
High seas. High chaparral. High resolution.
High dudgeon. High speed. High velocity. High wire.
High priest. High ceilings. High altar.
Highbrow. High octane. High roller. High card.
And, the high point:
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