seize the moral high ground

seize 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 seize the moral high ground during a debate so as to shift public opinion in his favor.
See also: ground, high, moral, seize

take, claim, seize, etc. the moral ˈhigh ground

claim that your side of an argument is morally better than your opponents’ side; argue in a way that makes your side seem morally better: Don’t you try to take the moral high ground with me! You’re just as bad as I am!
See also: ground, high, moral
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British cruelty proved counterproductive and allowed the Patriots to seize the moral high ground.
This isn't some damn game," boomed House Speaker John Boehner, the top Republican in Congress, seeking to seize the moral high ground, after a report cited an unnamed official saying that the White House is benefiting from the shutdown, which has sent hundreds of thousands home without pay.
But as Gordon Brown's government gropes for a vision, he and his Cabinet should seize the moral high ground and make fairness the Big Issue.
In doing so he would also seize the moral high ground rather than merely defending the imperfections of the system inherited from his predecessor.
And the question of whether to aggressively seek opportunities to remap mid-decade brings battlers like Emanuel into conflict with others who argue that Democrats should seize the moral high ground.
Wenger then attempted to seize the moral high ground as he added: "What happens at Manchester United is not my problem, I don't speak about other people.
Wenger then attempted to seize the moral high ground as he added: ``What happens at Manchester United is not my problem, I don't speak about other people.
It is indeed galling that these reactionaries should seize the moral high ground.
By taking what admittedly is a political gamble to support voters' rights through proportional voting systems, they could instead seize the moral high ground and find political allies among the majority of voters fed up with their lack of choices in congressional elections.
The industry is in a battle: we need to seize the moral high ground from wine's detractors before we are banned from doing so.
Either way, George Galloway's Respect party was not going to let Kennedy seize the moral high ground over Iraq without a protest.