the high ground


: a position in which one has an advantage over others
They claim to have the (intellectual) high ground in this debate.

Examples of the high ground in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Still, retaining the high ground is relatively less important than the economic benefits of staying in the agreement. Henry Rome, Foreign Affairs, 10 Jan. 2019 The bulls of the AI world—and its current kingmakers—still hold the high ground. Byryan Hogg, Fortune Europe, 29 Feb. 2024 Groups of chimpanzees in the forests of Ivory Coast’s Taï National Park also seek out the high ground as an advantageous position to gather intelligence about rival groups. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Nov. 2023 Once again, the Moon is the high ground in a geopolitical competition. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 20 Oct. 2023 As opposing armies headed along the dusty roads converging on Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Union Brigadier General John Buford recognized and seized the high ground. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Nov. 2023 And the Russians chose the high ground for their positions, soldiers said. Isabelle Khurshudyan and Kamila Hrabchuk, Anchorage Daily News, 16 July 2023 Perhaps the drone had strayed off course because of signal jamming or while flying near the limit of its range — something not uncommon since the Russians, holding the high ground, forced the drones up another 650 feet or more. Serhii Korolchuk, Washington Post, 12 July 2023 Thus, Republicans can seize the high ground of moderation, reasonableness and wise compromise. WSJ, 29 May 2023

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“The high ground.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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