take the moral high ground

take 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 take the moral high ground during a debate so as to shift public opinion in his favor.
See also: ground, high, moral, take
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By doing so, they will finally begin to take the moral high ground, leaving the Israeli military state without a justification or excuse for its acts of oppression.