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take the high road

To choose the most noble, ethical, or diplomatic course or method, especially after or in the face of negativity or ill treatment. Strive to always take the high road when dealing with others, even if they've treated you unfairly in the past. Life has a habit of rewarding those who learn to turn the other cheek.
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the high road

1. The easiest or surest path, course, or method. I'm hopeful that this master's degree will put me on the high road to success!
2. The most noble, ethical, or diplomatic course or method. Strive to always choose the high road when dealing with others, even if they've treated you unfairly in the past. Life has a habit of rewarding those who learn to turn the other cheek.
See also: high, road
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take the high road

If someone takes the high road, they choose the course of action which is the most moral or acceptable and which is least likely to harm or upset other people. Of course, the antiwar demonstrators think they're taking the moral high road. US diplomats say the president is likely to take the high road in his statements about trade. Note: You can say that someone takes the low road when they choose an immoral or dishonest course of action. Meanwhile, it was revealed that his campaign was gearing up to take the low road with its own attack ads.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

take the ˈhigh road (in something)

(American English) take the most positive course of action: He took the high road in his campaign.
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HighRoad Solution provides email, automation and inbound marketing solutions to the association and non-profit market.
Cavendish has been confirmed as a member of the HTC Highroad line-up, which also includes fellow members of his sprint team Bernhard Eisel and Mark Renshaw.
Throughout the race he set the pace at the front of the peleton, protected Cavendish from attacks and the worst excesses of the wind, and lined up HTC Highroad's sprinters to help secure a stage win for Australia's Mark Renshaw at sunny Exmouth and two stage wins for the Manxman, who stormed through the bunch and over the line in rain soaked finishes in Dumfries at the start of the week, and on Whitehall on Sunday.
Highroad, who helped Brammeier's childhood training partner, Mark Cavendish, win the prestigious sprinter's green jersey at this year's Tour de France, was forced to release pro riders like Matt and Cav following the withdrawal of their main sponsor, phone company HTC.
The incident was alleged to have happened on Spring Hall Grove in the Highroad Well area of Halifax in March.
The boys, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were arrested after the alleged sexual assault on the girl on Spring Hall Grove, Highroad Well, Halifax.
Champ Cavendish's contract with Highroad Sports, the team's parent company, expires at the end of the current season and HTC or any future sponsor would surely want the guaranteed exposure he provides.
Gray, 42, from Highroad Well, Halifax, appeared before Bradford Crown Court for sentencing.
Mum Connie, 49, from Highroad Well in Halifax, said she was very proud of her son and couldn't believe he had won in only his second competition.
Harry McGowan has organised a reunion to be held on Thursday morning, July 1, starting at 10am in the Conference Room of the Halifax Barracks of the Duke's in Highroad Well.
Lowell's poem searches for Keatsian moments - notably the "wreaths of stars" and "the spiced winds" and there is a lovely sense of her "following" the young Keats as he walks the highroad.
"Lets hold out till we cross the border" demands Weir, our Highroad friend.