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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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In these works, the imagination runs high like a fever.
The suspense runs high in this exciting SF tale, and all the loose ends from the other books are neatly wrapped up.
While many of these points may appear non-controversial, the role of the family is a highly contentious issue in international negotiations, where individual rights are given priority and where suspicion of the traditional family as a bastion of male dominance runs high. (C-fam, 19 March, 2004)