the high ground


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high ground

1. Literally, elevated land. We need to move to high ground before the flood waters reach us.
2. The most advantageous or defensible position. Likened to the ideal defensive position of an army. In this usage, the phrase is preceded by "the." We most certainly have the high ground on this issue, and we've stated our case consistently from the start.
See also: ground, high

the high ground

The most advantageous or defensible position. Likened to the ideal defensive position of an army. We most certainly have the high ground on this issue, and we've stated our case consistently from the start.
See also: ground, high

the high ground

If a person or organization has the high ground on a particular subject, they have an advantage over their opponents, especially by having better ideas and policies. This is clearly an attempt to win back the political high ground on citizens' rights. The party was determined to take the high ground on environmental issues. Compare with the moral high ground. Note: In a battle, the army which is on higher ground has the advantage.
See also: ground, high
References in classic literature ?
Suddenly on the road at the top of the high ground, artillery and troops in blue uniform were seen.
On the high ground where the enemy was, the smoke of a cannon rose, and a ball flew whistling over the heads of the hussar squadron.
These were the questions each man of the troops on the high ground above the bridge involuntarily asked himself with a sinking heart- watching the bridge and the hussars in the bright evening light and the blue tunics advancing from the other side with their bayonets and guns.
In fact, we see the whole of it except that furthest part, which is covered by the Welsh Marches and those parts which are hidden from where we stand by the high ground of the immediate west.
Marvellous weather and the view's marvellous--views westward to the high ground.
The fog was rapidly dispersing; already the moon shone quite clear on the high ground on either side; and it was only in the exact bottom of the dell and round the tavern door that a thin veil still hung unbroken to conceal the first steps of our escape.
From the high ground on which it stood a series of terraces bordered by balustrades and urns descended in the steel-engraving style to a small irregular lake with an asphalt edge overhung by rare weeping conifers.
The high ground rising abruptly behind the red roofs of the little town crowds the quaint High Street against the wall which defends it from the sea.
This name was given to the high grounds in the north, east part of Newton, and to the bounds of that town and Watertown.
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.
The High Ground covers their freshman year, and despite a story arc that would benefit from more action, the characters and world building are strong enough to pull the story.
Over the two days 15 to 25mm is expected widely with as much as 80mm over the high ground of North Wales.
Parts of the North East, particularly the high ground over the Pennines, received a dusting of snow over the weekend, and Billy Payne, a forecaster with MeteoGroup, said more was likely in the coming days.
Snow showers, driven by 30mph winds in some areas, made it di-cult in many areas and on the high ground there was a couple of inches of snow.
During my fall 2013 Colorado elk hunt, the High Ground proved nimble and supportive even in extremely steep, rocky terrain.