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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
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He added: "I find it beyond parody that these people taking the moral high ground and calling for people to resign are the same ones who have cost Celtic a fortune in fines with UEFA over the past couple of years.
It was about time Diko -- a party that specialises in taking the moral high ground -- withdrew its support from the mayor.
He got his political moment a year ago, asking for her resignation and taking the moral high ground in a very public way.
He attempts to justify it by taking the moral high ground.
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.
SHARON Osbourne taking the moral high ground over Simon Cowell?
Fortunately, Oliver wasn't taking the moral high ground in his own festive special: Jamie's Christmas with Bells on (9pm, C4, 14 December).
Taking the moral high ground, Rise of the Planet of the Apes addresses the concepts of animal testing and whether humans should play God, suggesting strongly that we should not, lest we are avenged by spear-wielding monkeys.
We", as usual, have awoken from "our" slumber and have resorted to taking the moral high ground with self-righteousness.
INSTEAD of taking the moral high ground by suggesting Sylvia Sealey's comments about foreign aid are unkind perhaps, Peter F Fearnon should take a reality check.