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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
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So people built on the high ground, which, if not totally dry, was sometimes just enough to stop the farm being washed away.
Bonnie Diamond, from the Met Office, said that snow in southern and northern parts of Wales is most likely on Sunday, but it's likely to be limited to high ground.
"Occasional showers, most frequent near the coast, but any that do penetrate inland may turn wintry over high ground."
Strong winds and gales are predicted in Scotland and forecasters have warned there could also be snow, hail and sleet on high ground.
"There could be snow lying on high ground at the weekend, with temperatures low enough for wintry showers.
high ground on this issue Neither O'Neill nor Kelly were available to answer Sunday Mail questions about how the data they painstakingly harvested was used in the campaign.
In a statement, the Met Office said: "As a weather system moves in from the south and comes up against cold air over the UK, rain will turn to heavy snow, mainly on high ground. Around 5 to 10cm of snow is expected to accumulate in places, mainly above 350m, with a smaller chance of 2 to 5cm accumulating below this, above 250m.
'A morally upright leader would have a strong moral high ground as his leadership base,' he said.
Newbuilding ordering activity remains in high ground, especially when compared to the same period of 2016.
"In northern areas the showers could be heavy and there is the risk of thunder with showers turning wintry over high ground in Scotland.
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And Huddersfield weatherman Paul Stevens is predicting some cold nights, some chilly days and the chance of sleet or snow on high ground as low pressure brings the return of the rain.