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SOURCE (Anne Lamott - TED talk @04:56)

  • By the end I was deteriorating faster than I could lower my standards

what is the meaning of the phrase above?

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To lower your standards means to relax your criteria for what is acceptable, to make the criteria less strict, thereby making something acceptable which would not have been acceptable previously.

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  • There is something unsatisfying about the sentence; she set out to make a comparison between the two declining elements but the syntax fell apart. But this is ex tempore. – P. E. Dant Reinstate Monica Jul 14 '17 at 18:33
  • I'm glad the question wasn't "What does this sentence mean?" and that it focused only on the phrase. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Jul 14 '17 at 18:40
  • Yes, also i want to know the meaning of the sentence؟ – Bavyan Yaldo Jul 14 '17 at 21:15
  • There's not enough context in the snippet you've quoted to know what sort of deterioration is involved (physical? mental? moral?) or to know what "the end" refers to. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Jul 14 '17 at 23:24

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