take the moral high ground

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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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Everyone takes the moral high ground, criticising the government and the police for not taking action that would deal with the problem.
Predictably the West takes the moral high ground while conveniently choosing to ignore the roots of the present conict.
In other words, he must do some major adjustments to what is otherwise good foreign policy (because it takes the moral high ground, no matter how much it is mocked by domestic and international cynics).
The young king clashes with the Prime Minister as he takes the moral high ground on a political issue.
Going at it hammer and tongs after too much bevvy one of them eventually takes the moral high ground in the argument by roaring at his pal: 'Haw,just remember who it wiz that intimidated witnesses fur ye
Before she takes the moral high ground on these matters, I would suggest that Mrs Kinnock keep an open mind about the possibility that scientists can come up with alternative ways of helping sufferers of these diseases, without the cost of other human lives.