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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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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Venice's historical acqua alta (high water) events can inundate parts of the lagoon later in the fall, but festival participants have been hit with early previews caused by sudden rainstorms that have sent them scrambling for higher ground. Sharon Swart, The Hollywood Reporter, "Soggy in Venice: How Stylists Navigate the Rainy Weather," 23 Aug. 2019 As for other entities trying to claim the moral high ground, Adams called out news organizations, from which most people learned about the shooting. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "‘Dilbert’ creator Scott Adams defends urging witnesses to make money off Gilroy shooting," 29 July 2019 Against such predatory machines, along with gargantuan models such as the Sequoia, Titan, and Armada, everyone needs to up armor and fight for the high ground. Dan Albert, Vox, "Driverless cars are coming. We’ll miss the thrill of the ride.," 21 June 2019 Thanks to the Khashoggi affair, however, Mr. Erdogan’s Turkey can finally credibly claim the moral high ground—a major boon for Ankara’s regional ambitions. Yaroslav Trofimov, WSJ, "The Long Struggle for Supremacy in the Muslim World," 26 Oct. 2018 The rich have long claimed higher ground along waterways. Fox News, "Florence poses a new threat for rural, struggling towns," 12 Sep. 2018 Being able to paint Trump as the bully gives China a moral high ground that hurts America’s standing on the world stage, Lardy said. NBC News, "U.S. labeling China currency manipulator could backfire, experts say," 6 Aug. 2019 The men and women in it, mostly Air Force but some from allied countries, guard the highest of high grounds: space. The Economist, "Attacking satellites is increasingly attractive—and dangerous," 18 July 2019 Restaurants reopened, and people were retrieving their cars from medians and other high ground. Fox News, "Barry threatens Louisiana, Arkansas, downgraded to tropical depression," 15 July 2019

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First Known Use of high ground

1800, in the meaning defined above

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