take the high ground

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take the high ground

1. To act morally, especially in times of disagreement or tension. A: "I thought you were mad at Kelly." B: "No, not anymore. Our friendship is more important than a grudge, so I've taken the high ground."
2. To be the most successful or renowned in a particular area. With these test scores, our school will finally take the high ground and become the most prestigious academy in the state.
See also: ground, high, take
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Paratroop veterans in their maroon caps and British Legion blazers had taken the high ground towards St Paul's side, leaving the protesters on the far side of the Fleet, the river that runs under the streets to the Thames.
Having won, Obama should quickly have taken the high ground and urged the fiscal reforms that every thoughtful member of his team knows are necessary.
It's the third time they will have taken the high ground in order to get their hands in your wallets and purses, and have raised pounds 30,000 on previous treks.
I wonder how many people receiving benefits to which they are not entitled have taken the high ground.
Through it all, Spitzer has claimed he has taken the high ground.
Despite Europe's happy mood, Mark Calcavecchia believes America have taken the high ground.
Not unlike the business premise practiced by so many "green" corporations throughout the past 30 years, such as Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, to name just one, EastRidge Properties has taken the high ground, literally, and transformed itself into one of the most--if not the most--successful business address in Westchester County.
In analysing Asia, a problem in Australia and the whole world is that economists have taken the high ground in explaining what is happening in the region.
If the school board had some real courage, it could have taken the high ground and said that the use of Native American names was a sign of respect - respect for courage, bravery and tradition.
By then it's too late: The "shoot first, aim later" entrepreneurs will already have taken the high ground.
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