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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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 Campers and tribal members worked to warn people and get them to higher ground. Felicia Fonseca, USA TODAY, "Flood at famed Grand Canyon waterfalls sends tourists scrambling," 3 Dec. 2019 Isolationism appeals to a sense of humility, giving us the moral high ground by purporting to care about what matters most: home. Dan Crenshaw, WSJ, "Troops in the Mideast Keep Terror Away," 24 Feb. 2019 If flooding develops, move to higher ground immediately. Christina Maxouris, CNN, "Rain and flood threats are kicking off Christmas week on each coast," 22 Dec. 2019 Millions displaced by flooding clashing with people on higher ground. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Climate Change Could Seriously Weaken the U.S. Military," 29 Oct. 2019 Residents of low-lying areas are urged, but not ordered, to move to shelter on higher ground. cleveland, "Hurricane Dorian takes aim at Carolinas; relief effort underway in Bahamas," 5 Sep. 2019 Parking is tight when much of it is under water, so the River Bandits enlist a shuttle to bring fans from lots on higher ground. Tristan Baurick, nola.com, "For some Mississippi River cities, there are only 2 choices — adapt or move: The River’s Revenge," 15 June 2019 Thousands of people spent another day inside government evacuation centers on higher ground. I Made Sentana, WSJ, "Indonesia Tsunami Death Toll Expected to Rise as Crews Reach Villages," 25 Dec. 2018 Further downstream, Ahmet Demir, the mayor of Irmak, a village of 200 people, said a government compensation system would allow residents to build new homes on higher ground, a process that had already begun. Washington Post, "A Turkish dam is about to flood one of the oldest continuously settled places on Earth," 27 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of high ground

1800, in the meaning defined above

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15 Jan 2020

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“High ground.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/high%20ground. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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