high ground


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

Examples of high ground in a Sentence

one would have thought that having the superior product would have given the company the high ground in the video format war
Recent Examples on the Web On that Monday in January, staff in schools from Coronado to Spring Valley became first responders, moving quickly to rescue students from fast-rising floodwaters by evacuating them to high ground. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Feb. 2024 Darlene Crawford, a Seldovia Village Tribe elder, remembers holding the cupboards shut as her house shook around her, seemingly for an eternity, then herding her four young children up a hill to high ground on that cold March evening. Chuong Nguyen, Ars Technica, 27 Nov. 2023 What was once high ground suddenly wasn’t; infrastructure critical to drainage had in some cases shifted; water flowed in unexpected ways. Susanne Rust, Los Angeles Times, 27 Dec. 2023 The Zaporizhzhia region is largely composed of flat, open fields, and the Russians had chosen what high ground there was to build key defenses. Washington Post Staff, Washington Post, 4 Dec. 2023 Sirens signal natural disasters and potential threats Indeed, the system is meant to send residents to high ground in the event of a tsunami, according to the county website, mauisirens.com. Dakin Andone, CNN, 17 Aug. 2023 Securing the waterway also means controlling high ground southwest of the city, said Gerych, the leader of a mortar company in 3rd Assault Brigade located two kilometers or less from the waterway. Serhii Korolchuk, Washington Post, 9 July 2023 True, this rig is chubby for a unibody, and it's afflicted with the same traits that render all SUVs clumsy: a high ground clearance and a high center of gravity. Steven Cole Smith, Car and Driver, 6 July 2023 General Dynamics has independent coil-spring suspension in front, but a solid rear axle, maintaining that high ground clearance between axles is more important than clearance between opposing wheels. Murray Rubenstein, Popular Mechanics, 21 Oct. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1800, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of high ground was in 1800

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“High ground.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/high%20ground. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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