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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The BBC director general Mark Thompson waived his own bonus of pounds 135,900 and claims the moral high ground, but it's easy to turn down a small fortune when you earn pounds 459,000 a year already.
Bush is deceptive when he claims the moral high ground, either with the domestic American population or the billions of international people who consider America, and Israel, to be among the top five threats to their own well-being and security.
President George W Bush also claims the moral high ground.