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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He always takes the high ground. He is not dragging us down."
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.
While others are briefing against them, BMW always takes the high ground.