claim the moral high ground

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claim the moral high ground

To claim, purport, or make it appear that one's arguments, beliefs, ideas, etc., are morally superior to those espoused by others. The senator always tries to claim the moral high ground during a debate so as to shift public opinion in his favor.
See also: claim, ground, high, moral
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He should have claimed the moral high ground and exposed Romanov for what he is.
Rafael Benitez claimed the moral high ground after last night's Champions League showdown with Chelsea, but the debate raged over who was the long-ball, boring team.
RAFAEL BENITEZ claimed the moral high ground after the Champions League shoot-out with Chelsea but the debate raged over who was the long-ball, boring team.
Everton chief executive Keith Wyness claimed the moral high ground by saying his club deserve the place because of their form in the league.
It would have been easier to have claimed the moral high ground had she quit sooner.
When news of the shady deal broke, Davis canceled the event and dubiously claimed the moral high ground.