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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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SO the Labour Party are claiming the moral high ground in their spat with the Unite union.
While I am claiming the moral high ground for this year, I do have previous
West Ham are claiming the moral high ground, which must be a new experience for their owners, who cannot be trusted to run a whelk stall.
This issue is about more than claiming the moral high ground - it really comes down to the trust between firms and their customers," she said.
By billing himself as a pure football fundamentalist, Wenger is claiming the moral high ground, when he has long since lost the high ground in the Premier League table.
from claiming the moral high ground in negotiations - not to mention a much-needed dose of goodwill in the developing world.
But anyone who tells you they didn't enjoy Chelsea's game in Barcelona is either fraudulently claiming the moral high ground, or so consumed with hate for The Special One that they are lying to themselves.
Like Gary Neville at Old Trafford, Mourinho ought to have thought twice before smugly claiming the moral high ground.
Perhaps this is the usual politics of this country, opposing everything that the other party suggests, although we now have David Cameron cleverly claiming the moral high ground by saying he is abandoning Punch and Judy politics.
It is an issue which has raised tensions in the North West with Everton chief executive Keith Wyness claiming the moral high ground by saying his club deserve the place because of their form in the league.
SIR - I read with incredulity Martin Chapman's letter ('Bending the truth', 31/5/04), claiming the moral high ground for the Respect Party.
Thus, India could attack Pakistan, or Israel could wage even more ruthless assaults on Palestinians all the while claiming the moral high ground.
Crusaders who withhold the whole truth, mislead, lead exaggerate often unwittingly strengthen their opposition and weaken their own cause, especially when they're claiming the moral high ground.
I fear a shadowy clogger will try to make a name for himself at Ronaldo's expense, claiming the moral high ground for the good of the game.
Now they're a little bit too quick to be claiming the moral high ground.