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HIGH. This word has various significations: 1. Principal or chief, as high constable, high sheriff. 2. Prominent, in a bad sense, as high treason. 3. Open, not confined, as high seas.

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Every one appeared in high spirits, and the group of nearly naked figures, viewed by the light of the blazing fires, all moving in hideous harmony, formed a perfect display of a festival amongst the lowest barbarians.
I go to Lady Stornaway after Easter; she seems in high spirits, and very happy.
But, though she noticed it, she was herself in such high spirits at that moment, so far from sorrow, sadness, or self-reproach, that she purposely deceived herself as young people often do.
Summary: Bagalkote (Karnataka) [India] Aug 15 (ANI): The floods in the Shurpali village in Karnataka failed to dampen the high spirits of the residents, as they hoisted the national flag even in the floodwaters on the occasion of Independence Day here today.
The 'og' is from a local word, 'bangog,' which means 'high spirits.' The theme of the festival, as translated, is 'thanks to the Lord for a bountiful harvest, for the honor and triumph of every son/daughter of Mauban.'
She said that every step will be taken which will result in enhancing the high spirits of brave Kashmiris.
High Spirits in the town's Vicar Street launched its summer cocktail menu today with a pledge to donate [pounds sterling]1 from all cocktails sold to the Fankerton-based palliative and end of life care service.
A resident, Ibrahim Nyutu, said the deceased was in high spirits the previous night as he served his customers.
A month of high spirits, Ramadan has begun, and Infinix welcomes and celebrates it differently, by offering huge discounts on all its top smartphones.
Senator Asif Kirmani said that Nawaz is in high spirits despite deteriorating health, adding that the party stands united and strong under his leadership.
Dr Rashid lauded the services of Dr Qadri for religion and humanity and said despite various kinds of sacrifices, Minhaj workers were still in high spirits. Ijaz Alam said helping weaker sections of society is the greatest service.
Chief justice is out of danger and in high spirits, doctors told.