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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Instead he took the moral high ground uttering platitudes about the "ultimatum towards Greek democracy and Greek people," and giving lessons to the EU on how it should behave.
The White House offered a detailed rebuttal to the Gates excerpts Tuesday, but took the moral high ground, wishing him well after an accident that has left him in a neck collar.
It rather took the moral high ground from Sunderland's players who had just been arguing with Swarbrick.
For every Kopite who defended Luis Suarez there is one who took the moral high ground over the antics of El Hadji Diouf.
For a club which rightly took the moral high ground and struck a tone of righteous indignation when midfielder John Obi Mikel was subject to racist tweets, and banned fans for life in May for "racial and abusive" insults towards its players, the only course of action regarding the troublesome trio seems obvious.
But while Hugh Grant took the moral high ground (not to mention far too much airtime) painting himself as the voice of truth and transparency amid the demise of the News of the World, little did his fans know he was hiding a little secret.
That comment was not the best and I could have said something at the time but took the moral high ground.
Twelve months ago the LZR was the high-tech suit that was making everyone faster and no one took the moral high ground.
Henshall took the moral high ground over his tussle with fellow contestant Phina Oruche, the former Footballers' Wives actress, to win a chest.
People took the moral high ground and said it shouldn't happen and I totally agree - but until you have been playing and put in that position you can't make judgements.
He added: "People took the moral high ground and said it shouldn't happen and I totally agree.
People took the moral high ground and said it shouldn't happen and I totally agree, but until you have been playing and put in that position, you can't make judgments.
The tabloids took the moral high ground, as they have been doing more and more in recent years.
Instead he took the moral high ground and insisted FIFA cover the costs of the "frivolous process" by making a donation to charity.
At times, the book bordered on arrogance as Van Praagh took the moral high ground on everything he mentioned and told numerous stories about the many people he had helped by telling them what to do in their lives.