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the moral high ground

A position of moral authority or superiority that one's arguments, beliefs, ideas, etc., are claimed or purported to occupy, especially in comparison to a differing viewpoint. (Used especially in the phrase "take/claim/seize/etc. the moral high ground.") The senator always tries to claim the moral high ground during a debate so as to shift public opinion in his favor.
See also: ground, high, moral

the moral high ground

COMMON If a person or organization has the moral high ground, their policies or actions are morally better than the policies or actions of their opponents. No single political party can claim the moral high ground for honesty or religious authority. When it comes to invasion of privacy, none of the newspapers can take the moral high ground. All are guilty. Compare with the high ground.
See also: ground, high, moral
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WITH regards to Messrs E McVey (Con), B Williams (Lab) and P Keaveney (Lib Dem) and their attempts to gain the moral high ground with regards to Post Office Closures, can I point them in the direction of European Directives 97/67/EC and 2002/39/EC which is the European Union led legislation passed by their own rep re - sen tatives at Westminster that has brought about these closures.
Unfortunately, he rather abandoned the moral high ground with a strong-arm tackle off the ball.
That our ally, Israel, is the only democracy in a region of dictatorships provides us an unquestionable moral high ground.
But if Councillor Robin Stirling is one of Jim's hopes of seizing the moral high ground from the DUP then he's sunk.
It's not often that a man who runs fast food chain McDonald's can take a moral high ground.
YOU have to laugh at Rangers chief executive Martin Bain leading the charge for the moral high ground.
ROBIN Cook was careful to command the moral high ground when he resigned from the Government over the invasion of Iraq.
Therefore I believe hunters hold the moral high ground.
They said they all woke up and decided to take the moral high ground and go elsewhere.
As for David Cameron seeking the moral high ground, he hasn't a leg to stand on.
The Scottish Government must take the moral high ground on this issue and allow the workers the compensation they deserve.
the entire crowd at Wimbers - by saying he'd support anyone but them in the World Cup he regained the moral high ground by asking for his match yesterday to be held until after the clash with Portugal.
A meaty contribution to the NSPCC might help C4 climb up to the real moral high ground on this one.
Meanwhile, the Valley VOTE folks have refused to surrender the moral high ground without a fight and have gathered community activists who can testify as to the existence of needy folks in the Valley starved for funds by the centurions in City Hall.