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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With more rain on the way, Hawaiians are racing for higher ground before another storm swallows the land beneath them. CBS News, "Surfer Laird Hamilton helps rescue family stranded by Hawaii storms," 19 Apr. 2018 The left, including Bernie Sanders, quickly denounced the man and his crime, and continued to retain the moral high ground on guns. Jason Christian, The New Republic, "Confessions of a Former Left-Wing Gun Nut," 29 Mar. 2018 But the internet fell in love with Larry — the soft, steady, monotone narrator of the middle-of-the-night tsunami scare that sent hundreds of Alaskans evacuating for higher ground. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "How waiting for a tsunami that didn’t come turned a small-town Alaska man into an internet hero," 24 Jan. 2018 But by taking the high ground, the committee has so far punted on making any determination about collusion. Manu Raju And Jeremy Herb, CNN, "Key Senate panel still divided on Trump-Russia collusion along partisan lines," 30 May 2018 In general, a two-seam fastball is going to generate the highest ground-ball rate among the four offerings in Taillon’s repertoire. Michael Beller, SI.com, "How the Pirates' Jameson Taillon Reached His Ace Potential Without Changing a Thing," 25 Apr. 2018 All along the sidewalk were piles of artwork, antiques, and boxes as owners emptied out their inventory to take to higher ground. Jeffrey Collins, Fox News, "After the hurricane comes the deluge on South Carolina coast," 25 Sep. 2018 That means abusing every advantage—from high ground to rare patches of cover to each mech’s limited directional field of view—is vital to keeping them operational while stomping around out in the open. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "BattleTech is a more tactical, punishing view of mech battling," 3 May 2018 The Humboldt penguin, meanwhile, likes to build nests on high ground along the rocky beaches of Chile and Peru. 13. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "20 Things You Didn't Know About ... Penguins," 6 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of high ground

1800, in the meaning defined above

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