moral low ground

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moral low ground

A position of moral impropriety that one's arguments, beliefs, ideas, etc., are claimed or purported to occupy, especially in comparison to a differing viewpoint. The opposite of the more common phrase "moral high ground." That is a repugnant view of this case—I can't believe you're taking the moral low ground here!
See also: ground, low, moral
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Rather than take the moral low ground by complaining about a lack of respect for dead soldiers and their families, it might help if they opened their eyes and explained why Afghanistan today is still closer to chaos than stability.
Bad enough that one derby in this country of ours is known for what goes on in the stands without the next biggest one rushing to join them on the moral low ground.
We don't now need equally-cynical, so-called expert analysts adding to the game's woes by joining them on the moral low ground.
The cultural half of populism always raged at a cosmopolitan elite from the moral low ground of provincial bias and, occasionally, bigotry.
Thorpe, 35, is likely to escape punishment for his outburst, not least because the ECB are in no position to punish free speech when they are happy to claim the moral low ground over Zimbabwe.
Now their uncle is crawling through the moral low ground raising issues which can only cause them more grief and heartache.
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