high ground


  1. a position of moral or ethical superiority:

    The candidate has claimed the moral high ground.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of high ground1

First recorded in 1480–90; current sense dates from 1800–10

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Example Sentences

In the case of the Mojos, the researchers believe that the high ground of the forest islands may have been inhabited since at least 8,900 BCE.

After a strong coastal quake, make sure you get to high ground even if an official tsunami warning has not yet been issued.

He was searching for his family, not realizing they were safe and on high ground, when he caught sight of Corral Bay.

Seek out spots on high ground, and avoid setting up in or near a wash or slot canyon.

The second is “moral elitism,” the conviction that the victim has the moral high ground, an “immaculate morality,” while “the other” is inherently immoral.

Paul has consistently used Benghazi as a device to stake out high ground on foreign policy.

That is the high ground of the battle if Democrats will seize it.

He has staked out the high ground on immigration reform and gun control.

The Moores live in the neighborhood of Great Kills, on high ground and beyond the mandatory evacuation zone.

Someone could have been on high ground and had that over them.

When we reached high ground again the twilight was fading to a semicircle of bloodshot gray in the northwest.

He kept to the high ground, not venturing to the plains, for the population had outwardly passed to the English peace again.

Myonnesus is situated upon high ground resembling a peninsula.

We passed another town before daylight, and I was going out again; but it was high ground, so I didn't go.

The local authorities at once took high ground, and put twelve of the recusants into the Ecclesiastical Court.