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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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THE British military's decision to mount an offensive in Flanders in July, was made with the intention of taking the high ground at Passchendaele, pushing through the German Fourth Army and then swinging northwards to the Belgian Coast in an attempt to capture the German occupied ports of Ostend and Zeebrugge.
It was rather childish, with Anastasiades taking the high ground and urging Akinci to forget the amendment and return to the talks.
But she said her office is taking the high ground, adding that she would tell her staff to focus on the job and ignore the noise around them.
This lot taking the high ground is like Donald Trump fronting up a new advertising campaign for a Mexican fast food joint.
They are big, detailed and complex, allowing you to fully utilise the 3D environment by taking the high ground or keeping low, running from point to point and claiming chokepoints.
WHEN you're vindicated, it's a nice feeling but rather than doing nice feeling but rather than doing the told-you-so dance, you're the told-you-so dance, you're quite rightly taking the high quite rightly taking the high ground and getting on with it.
If we had gone off, then, we would have beaten the Germans, and become, taking the high ground, the World Cup winners
Taking the high ground, Prince Ali at the last minute supported a proposal by Sheikh Salman to combine the post of AFC president and FIFA vice president rather than maintain the vice presidency as an elected position in the realisation that the Bahraini's power grab was likely to succeed.
It may be that privately, despite taking the high ground in public, White House officials are second-guessing the president's decision to ask Gates, a Republican holdover from the George W.
Taking the high ground in a current relationship may not work Virgo The lovely relationship planet Neptune is making his longer term for you Taurus, yes you could indeed be doing 'everything' presence felt again and as long as you give into the need to sprinkle rose petals on the duvet or run a damp cloth ' but is that because you're other half is lazy or is it because you're not giving over the kitchen sink now and again you will do just fine.
The Congress was thus forced to drop Bansal before the embarrassment of a CBI interrogation; it was also a belated attempt at taking the high ground.
Taking the high ground and saying no to the offer would therefore be exceptionally difficult, even for someone who had not just lost a vast retainer with Sheikh Mohammed.
We are taking the high ground with a proven, premium over-the-counter range of medicated and moisturizing products that not only command superior visual shelf presence but also offer outstanding incremental dollar margins not previously available in this segment.
Taking the high ground or separating yourself from others isn't going to work for you today.
If they raise a hand in thanks, you will feel happier for taking the high ground.
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