take the high ground

take the high ground

1. To act morally, especially in times of disagreement or tension. A: "I thought you were mad at Kelly." B: "No, not anymore. Our friendship is more important than a grudge, so I've taken the high ground."
2. To be the most successful or renowned in a particular area. With these test scores, our school will finally take the high ground and become the most prestigious academy in the state.
See also: ground, high, take
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So we take the high ground, focus on our mandate, focus on what needs to be done despite the noise around,' she said.