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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Officials from South Carolina to Virginia ordered roughly 1.5 million people to evacuate the coast ahead of the storm, and urged many more to leave or head for higher ground. Jon Kamp, WSJ, "Hurricane Florence Threat Still ‘Catastrophic,’ Forecasters Warn," 13 Sep. 2018 Quakes of similar magnitude have triggered huge waves that killed thousands, and the National Tsunami Warning Center sent out an urgent alert; within minutes people along the coasts of Alaska and western Canada began heading for higher ground. Bryn Nelson /, NBC News, "Our tsunami warning system is faulty. Can these scientists fix it?," 17 May 2018 For example, elephants have been observed fleeing for higher ground in the moments before distant tsunamis, and a mother elephant who feels threatened will stomp on the ground to warn others away. Douglas Quenqua, BostonGlobe.com, "Elephants may be dialing long-distance through their feet," 8 May 2018 Flake has worked to establish himself as having a moral high ground in the age of Trump, announcing his retirement with a scathing speech denouncing Trump’s ethics. Tara Golshan, Vox, "These senators will make or break Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote," 28 Sep. 2018 It should be noted that even in a world in which men’s frustrations over seeing women in leadership positions have the moral high ground, a faction of warlocks still manages to align themselves with a man who will bring about the end of days. Kelsea Stahler, Teen Vogue, "The Resurgence of Witches in Pop Culture Like Sabrina, AHS "Coven," and "Charmed" Reflects Women in the Real World," 14 Nov. 2018 And by framing this as an attempt to help the Saudi people — no matter his frustrations with its unelected royal family — Son is belatedly trying to claim some moral high ground. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "Masayoshi Son finally spoke about the murder of a Saudi Arabian dissident.," 5 Nov. 2018 Many are seeking refuge in shelters on higher ground in case another strikes. Jake Maxwell Watts, WSJ, "Indonesia’s Volatile Child of Krakatau Collapsed, but Now It’s More Explosive," 29 Dec. 2018 On a patch of high ground in Ukhali, earthmovers are crushing hills into more flat land, but aid groups say there is only enough new space to move about 20,000 refugees. Shashank Bengali, latimes.com, "Rohingya Muslims who escaped the Myanmar army now brace for a threat they can't outrun: Rain," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of high ground

1800, in the meaning defined above

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