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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The much-maligned prequel trilogy hits a high point when Obi-Wan (Ewan McGregor) takes the high ground and defeats Anakin (Hayden Christensen) in their epic duel on this volcanic planet.
Harry Selfridge is the antithesis of Ari; he treats everyone as equals, takes the high ground.
Azure' with a refreshing aqua look takes the high ground as a modern Mediterranean restaurant serving the best from the land of Olives, with some of the most interesting food variants in the form of Italian, Moroccan, Greek and Lebanese cuisine including mezzes, grills and oak flavored pizzas.
Now the boss looks morally and ethically bankrupt if one minute he takes the high ground and says he hates seeing his players act in such an underhand manner, then the next minute he's party to trying to sneak him in the back door for a game he should miss.
Tesco takes the high ground on price cuts, and has returned to promotions on some staple categories, with local pricing and flyers
While others are briefing against them, BMW always takes the high ground.
The text is written in a hard-boiled style that miraculously takes the high ground between camp and pretentiousness.
Obi-Wan Kenobi abandons Anakin Skywalker on Mustafar ("Revenge of the Sith") -- The much-maligned prequel trilogy hits a high point when Obi-Wan (Ewan McGregor) takes the high ground and defeats Anakin (Hayden Christensen) in their epic duel on this volcanic planet.
Vice presidential candidates frequently assume the role of political attack dogs, rallying the faithful while the candidate at the top of the ticket takes the high ground.