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be in the right

To be correct or accurate. The zoning board ruled that we were in the right—that area is really part of our property. Oh, she's just mad because she knows I'm in the right.
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in the right, be

Have the support of fact, justice, or reason. For example, Nancy's parents were in the right when they took her teacher to task, or, as Shakespeare put it in Richard III (5:3): "He was in the right, and so indeed it is." [Late 1400s] Also see the antonym in the wrong.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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"The doctrine which from the very first origin of religious dissensions has been held by bigots of all sects, when condensed into a few words and stripped of rhetorical disguise, is simply this: I am in the right, and you are in the wrong," he observed in one essay.