high ground

noun

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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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 Long-travel suspension with two dampers per corner offers high ground clearance, and BFGoodrich All-Terrain tires reaffirm that this is not a GT3 RS—nor any car made by Porsche AG or any of its subsidiaries, except originally, back in 1990. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, "Singer All-Terrain Competition Study Evokes the Porsche 959," 5 Jan. 2021 Wave watchers should stay on high ground, preferably at places with fences or barricades at cliff edges. oregonlive, "Big waves expected on Oregon coast this week, capping off a stormy fall," 14 Dec. 2020 The moral high ground is not defined by who wins but by who advances peace and respect. Star Tribune, "Readers Write: Inauguration Day, Trump and impeachment, icy roads," 18 Jan. 2021 The goal is to bulwark oil and gas against ambitious climate change policies by claiming the moral high ground — even as those fuels kindle a global crisis that disproportionately harms people who aren’t white. Los Angeles Times, "Today’s Headlines: The formal transition begins," 24 Nov. 2020 Dallas abdicated the high ground on Thanksgiving when it was swept by Washington. David Moore, Dallas News, "Riding a three-game win streak, the Cowboys’ last-ditch playoff hopes ultimately sit in others’ hands," 28 Dec. 2020 Some of those donor countries — Australia in particular — might not be able to claim the moral high ground on the issue. Washington Post, "Bangladesh begins relocating Rohingya refugees to remote island, despite human rights concerns," 4 Dec. 2020 It’s about efforts by fossil fuel companies and their allies to claim the moral high ground by casting the industry as an ally of communities of color, even as its products fuel a global crisis that disproportionately harms people who aren’t white. Sammy Roth Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Boiling Point: In the West, opposing natural gas is tricky — even for a Democrat with climate cred," 26 Nov. 2020 Biden was staking out the usual American high ground of sunny optimism. Washington Post, "Joe Biden warned of a ‘dark winter.’ Why does living in it feel so . . . unreal?," 20 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of high ground

1800, in the meaning defined above

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“High ground.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/high%20ground. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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