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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Despite the overwhelming backlash, in a post on Instagram, owner Jordan Wentz took the high ground.
In contrast to the Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron, who took the high ground and denounced Carr, Miliband took the far more measured route, declaring, "I don't think it is for politicians to lecture people about morality.
Bertie took the high ground, he spoke from a position of knowing how difficult it can be to affect real change.
In addition, the author falls into the trap of assuming because liberal and progressive elements took the high ground on race in the past, they must be politically and intellectually correct as to related matters in the present.
The English took the high ground and their longbow archers destroyed the enemy.
The academy took the high ground, and in doing so, sent a message to the world that there is a time for forgiveness, a time for peace between old enemies.
The newspaper took the high ground and pleaded education, according to Kelly Campbell, student publications network administrator and creator of E-Collegian.
There were then periods when both sides took the high ground, but never dominating despite fine individual performances from Michael Hughes and Patrick Agyemang of Wimbledon and City's Horlock.
As the drama unfolded, police sharpshooters took the high ground in surrounding condominiums and inched close to the houseboat.
As Worksop's Lee Westwood again took the high ground with a stunning 13-under total, level with Surrey-based Aussie Stephen Leaney and chased by Zimbabwe's former Open champion Nick Price, Rose again took the headlines.
As the siege unfolded, police sharpshooters took the high ground in surrounding condominiums and inched close to the houseboat.