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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

take, claim, seize, etc. the moral ˈhigh ground

claim that your side of an argument is morally better than your opponents’ side; argue in a way that makes your side seem morally better: Don’t you try to take the moral high ground with me! You’re just as bad as I am!
See also: ground, high, moral
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I presume we have rules for something like that but I prefer not to ask; I just took the moral high ground with my family about how spot-on I am.
Then there were those who took the moral high ground with talk of independence, which others saw as just insular attitudes.
But Alaska, Uytengsu said, took the moral high ground and didn't budge because of the severity of the offense.
Instead of keeping quiet, given the vile behaviour of his party's councillors when they voted against granting an extension to the oil companies, he took the moral high ground, saying: "All the blame belongs to the government.
Carole took the moral high ground and condemned the crude and distasteful trend of wearing PJs to the schoolyard and the supermarket.
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.
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.
He then asserts to Lee that the Emancipation Proclamation took the moral high ground from the South and the only way that the South can reclaim it, as well as win recognition from abroad, is to free its own slaves as well.
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.
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.
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.