high ground

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high ground (countable and uncountable, plural high grounds)

  1. (idiomatic, uncountable, usually with "the") A position of advantage or superiority in a conflict or competition.
    • 2006 September 27, Mike Allen, “Why the Fight Over Intelligence May Be a Wash”, in Time[1]:
      President George W. Bush had once again outmaneuvered them by taking the national-security high ground in an election year.
  2. Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see high,‎ ground.
    • 1872, Mark Twain, chapter 69, in Roughing It:
      The trail passes along on high ground—say a thousand feet above sea level.


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