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take the moral high ground

To claim, purport, or make it appear that one's arguments, beliefs, ideas, etc., are morally superior to those espoused by others. The senator always tries to take the moral high ground during a debate so as to shift public opinion in his favor.
See also: ground, high, moral, take

take, claim, seize, etc. the moral ˈhigh ground

claim that your side of an argument is morally better than your opponents’ side; argue in a way that makes your side seem morally better: Don’t you try to take the moral high ground with me! You’re just as bad as I am!
See also: ground, high, moral
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The campaign teams of incumbent president Nicos Anastasiades and Akel-backed Stavros Malas made hay out of Lillikas' reveal, both taking the moral high ground and lamenting the "new lows" in politics set by the Papadopoulos camp.
Mr Macron is taking the moral high ground with a visit to Oradoursur-Glane, a ghost town left behind after the largest massacre in Nazioccupied France seven decades ago.
Bill Walker, Coatbridge, said: "I'm almost speechless reading Celtic fans taking the moral high ground about trouble.
The problem with taking the moral high ground is that it's going to hurt when you fall.
He has taken umbrage at Senator De Lima's approach, of not only taking the moral high ground with regard to drug-related deaths, but her assumptions that said deaths are directly attributable to PRRD's war on drugs,' Abella said, using President Duterte's initials.
PICK OF THE WEEK IT'S NOT ME, IT'S YOU Channel 5, Thursday, 10pm EAMONN HOLMES is happily married, but that won't stop him taking the moral high ground when it comes to the title of his latest project, It's Not Me, It's You - a play on the infamous break-up excuse.
He got his political moment a year ago, asking for her resignation and taking the moral high ground in a very public way.
It's amusing to see the Italians, who are revered as football's masters of the dark arts, taking the moral high ground about Gala's antics but hopefully Juve will raise their gamesmanship game today.
Admittedly, the technology company now adorning the players' shirts might be less offensive to many of the club's fans and the Owls can boast about taking the moral high ground, but it is unlikely that they have found themselves significantly worse off, financiallyspeaking.
It is legal and the Government knows they are doing nothing wrong in the eyes of the law so it has resorted to a tactic we have not seen before - one of taking the moral high ground and naming and shaming companies because it realises it is powerless to take them on in the courts.
The opposition to Khurshid's Ajmer plan ties in with the UPA taking the moral high ground after the brutal killing of two Indian soldiers along the LoC in January.
I've seen a lot of judgemental people on Facebook, who with the benefit of hindsight, were taking the moral high ground.
I'm not talking about all journalists, but the type of writer who sits and produces flowery articles while also taking the moral high ground and saying that football is lacking the spirit of the Olympics are completely wrong.
Fortunately, Oliver wasn't taking the moral high ground in his own festive special: Jamie's Christmas with Bells on (9pm, C4, 14 December).