high ground


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high ground

1. Literally, elevated land. We need to move to high ground before the flood waters reach us.
2. The most advantageous or defensible position. Likened to the ideal defensive position of an army. In this usage, the phrase is preceded by "the." We most certainly have the high ground on this issue, and we've stated our case consistently from the start.
See also: ground, high

the high ground

The most advantageous or defensible position. Likened to the ideal defensive position of an army. We most certainly have the high ground on this issue, and we've stated our case consistently from the start.
See also: ground, high

the high ground

If a person or organization has the high ground on a particular subject, they have an advantage over their opponents, especially by having better ideas and policies. This is clearly an attempt to win back the political high ground on citizens' rights. The party was determined to take the high ground on environmental issues. Compare with the moral high ground. Note: In a battle, the army which is on higher ground has the advantage.
See also: ground, high