water at its greatest elevation, as in a river.
plural noun, Slang.
trousers short enough to expose the ankles, especially as worn by growing children whom they earlier fit.
another name for high tide (sense 1)
the state of any stretch of water at its highest level, as during a flood

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come hell or high water

noun phrase

(also high water pants or high waders or flood pants) Trousers that are shorter than current fashion dictates, esp that end above the ankles: Look at his high waters!

[fr the notion that the trousers have been chosen or rolled up for walking through high water]


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