claim the moral high ground

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claim 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 claim the moral high ground during a debate so as to shift public opinion in his favor.
See also: claim, ground, high, moral

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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The BBC director general Mark Thompson waived his own bonus of pounds 135,900 and claims the moral high ground, but it's easy to turn down a small fortune when you earn pounds 459,000 a year already.
President George W Bush also claims the moral high ground.