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

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 Ukrainian forces occupying the high ground in Lysychansk fired down on the Russian troops in Severodonetsk. David Axe, Forbes, 6 June 2022 On May 10, 1869, the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad was marked at a ceremony on high ground in Utah. Washington Post, 21 Jan. 2022 But when the couple purchased the 100 acres in 1990, the high ground had been farmed intensively for corn and other parts of the property were pocked by out-of-place trees and invasive plants. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 May 2022 It can be cancelled into Rocket Punch to help Doomfist reach some serious high ground. Kris Holt, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 Aaron attempts to claim the Black American high ground in this debate, triggering a real-life version of the game where he is being stalked and burned by Felix, before the cops shoot the darker Felix in the shoulder. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 13 May 2022 Something that doesn’t lean on any particular hero ingredient or claims to be the best at fighting sweat or stands on a mythical moral high ground by using purely natural ingredients. Adam Hurly, Robb Report, 21 Apr. 2022 By August, Rye hopes to complete renovations on a 79,000-square-foot former boot factory that sits on high ground. Andrea Stanley, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Apr. 2022 When asked about his methods, the president bristled, suggesting America could not claim any moral high ground. New York Times, 26 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of high ground

1800, in the meaning defined above

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8 Jun 2022

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“High ground.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/high%20ground. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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