the high road

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the high road

1. The easiest or surest path, course, or method. I'm hopeful that this master's degree will put me on the high road to success!
2. The most noble, ethical, or diplomatic course or method. Strive to always choose the high road when dealing with others, even if they've treated you unfairly in the past. Life has a habit of rewarding those who learn to turn the other cheek.
See also: high, road
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While we were on the highroad, Blantyre had given me my head; but now, with a light hand and a practiced eye, he guided me over the ground in such a masterly manner that my pace was scarcely slackened, and we were decidedly gaining on them.
He is back there on the highroad with the hardest stick I've met in a good many days.
Maggie soon got out of breath with running, but by the time Tom got to the pond again she was at the distance of three long fields, and was on the edge of the lane leading to the highroad.
Follow the cross-road, and when it brings you into the highroad, turn to the left; a four-mile walk will take you to the town of Harminster.
My spirits rose to their natural height as I struck into the highroad again, and beheld across the level plain the smoke, chimneys, and church spires of a large manufacturing town.
Then they were on the highroad and she saw hedges and trees.
The vicarage was set back from the highroad to Tercanbury, and from the dining-room one saw a semicircular strip of lawn and then as far as the horizon green fields.
At dawn on the sixteenth of November, Denisov's squadron, in which Nicholas Rostov served and which was in Prince Bagration's detachment, moved from the place where it had spent the night, advancing into action as arranged, and after going behind other columns for about two thirds of a mile was stopped on the highroad.
Very wealthy, clever, of aristocratic family, on the highroad to a brilliant career in the army and at court, and a fascinating man.
Before them on the highroad five knights in armor were now engaged in furious battle with a party of ten or a dozen other steelclad warriors, while crouching breathless on her palfry a young woman sat a little apart from the contestants.
Alone, the Irishman was doomed to failure, but directed by Daylight, he was on the highroad to fortune and recognition.
He pursued his retreat, careless in what direction it might take him, to a footpath across the fields, which led to the highroad and the railway station.
She left the bridge on the side by which I had first seen her approach it, and walked slowly away along the darkening track of the highroad.
The illustrious Chaucer invited him to follow the gay troop of pilgrims along the highroad to Canterbury.
In a quarter of an hour more York was in the distance, and the highroad lay bright and open before them in the morning sunlight.