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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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And Detective Chief Inspector Jill Duffie added: "I understand that feelings in the area have been running high over the search for these men, however, there can never be an excuse for violence or people taking the law into their own hands.
"The two clubs have not played against each other in three years and tensions are already running high over the current financial situation at Ibrox so the potential for clashes is high.
ALAN PARDEW has admitted "emotions are running high" among his frustrated players.
Labour and Conservative councillors refused to carry on and abandoned the meeting before issuing a press release saying feelings were "running high".
River running high - it don't know how I feel." Buble seems like the sort of guy I'd like to share a boozy night out with.
But emotions were running high and there has been suggestion that there was a lack of reasonable debate.
Summary: Tensions are running high in East Jerusalem after a young Palestinian boy was hit by a car thought to be driven by an Israeli.
TENS of thousands of sports fans are set to descend on the Welsh capital today with passions running high.
TENSIONS were running high last night on Tyneside as young people reacted to the death of a 16-year-old girl who was knocked over by a police car.