high ground


Definition of high ground 

: a position of advantage or superiority especially : an ethically superior position took the moral high ground during the debate

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one would have thought that having the superior product would have given the company the high ground in the video format war

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But the 488 Fortune 500 companies not mentioned here should not necessarily assume moral high ground. Claire Zillman, Fortune, "These Are the 12 Fortune 500 Companies With Zero Women on Their Boards," 22 May 2018 But while Fallon backed off the critical refrain, hearing comedians take the moral high ground against appalling acts of the administration seems to have become a routinized part of late night. Aja Romano, Vox, "“The sadness just writes itself”: late-night hosts on Trump’s border separation policy," 20 June 2018 Yanmei Xie of Gavekal Dragonomics, a research firm in Beijing, says China wants to be seen as the defender of the global trade order and so claim the moral high ground. The Economist, "In its trade war with America, China dials down the hype," 12 July 2018 Authorities remain hopeful that the team found safety in dry places on higher ground within the cave to wait. NBC News, "Search dampened for Thai teen soccer team trapped in cave," 28 June 2018 Still, authorities have expressed hope there are dry places on higher ground within the cave where the group may be able to wait. Washington Post, "US, UK teams join Thailand’s search for 13 missing in cave," 27 June 2018 The media’s footing on the high ground is not so stable here. Callum Borchers, Philly.com, "How a reporter's romance with her source muddies the FBI's seizure of her records," 8 June 2018 Early this month, American Special Forces soldiers spotted several men near a cave entrance on the high ground. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "Green Berets Brace for Islamic State Offensive in Afghanistan," 15 May 2018 The school can pay to do something to the physical makeup of the creek or build a new complex on the opposite side of the creek on higher ground. Kenzie Winstead, The Courier-Journal, "'It can't happen every year': Floyd Central softball explores options to fix field flooding," 24 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of high ground

1800, in the meaning defined above

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to reject or criticize sharply

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