above the fray

idiom

: not directly involved in an angry or difficult struggle or disagreement
His political aides handled the controversy while he remained above the fray.

Examples of above the fray in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Stanford fared much better in its second rivalry meeting against Cal, winning 84-49 to remain two games above the fray with four left in the regular season. Jeff Metcalfe, The Mercury News, 19 Feb. 2024 For a platform provider like Google that seeks to stay above the fray, Pichai recognized the risks of being tarred with the same brush as many partisan cable media outlets and daily newspapers. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 28 Feb. 2024 But one team has stayed above the fray: the Royals. Pete Grathoff, Kansas City Star, 27 Feb. 2024 But he is also expected to remain above the fray of day-to-day politics and stay out of domestic political disputes while acting as a moral leader of the nation. Jari Tanner, Quartz, 12 Feb. 2024 Brink returns, Stanford rolls Stanford (19-2/8-1) remained above the fray in its first games after Tara VanDerveer became the winningest coach in college basketball history. Jeff Metcalfe, The Mercury News, 29 Jan. 2024 While legacy competitors like Disney, Paramount, and Warner Bros. Discovery might face a volatile landscape, as mergers and consolidation beckon, Netflix was happy to stay above the fray. Paolo Confino, Fortune, 24 Jan. 2024 Schiff went into the debate attempting to stay above the fray and avoid attacks from the candidates scrambling for second place. Benjamin Oreskes, Los Angeles Times, 23 Jan. 2024 Even so, Zelensky managed to stay somewhat above the fray. Siobhán O'Grady, Washington Post, 16 Dec. 2023

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“Above the fray.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/above%20the%20fray. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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