from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A position of superiority over others, especially competitors or opponents: used negotiations as a way to gain the psychological and intellectual high ground.

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  • n. Used other than as an idiom: see high,‎ ground.
  • n. A position of advantage or superiority in a conflict or competition.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a position of superiority over opponents or competitors


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  • As if guided by the same primordial, threat-sensing ESP that sends animals running for high ground before the rain ever comes, Rove came slouching into the boardroom almost as soon as I took the packet from my briefcase.

    How to Rig an Election

  • Rodes had seen that if he continued along the high ground called Seminary Ridge to the east of Willoughby Run, he could assail in flank the Federals who were opposing Hill.


  • With Early and Rodes he went to high ground east of Gettysburg from which a long stretch of the highway to York was visible.


  • Jackson, who was at the house of Dr. George Kemper on the outskirts of Port Republic, so advised Ewell and himself prepared to go over to the high ground on the other side of the bridge to see what was afoot on the right side of the South Fork.


  • On the same day Washington received his appointment, the Boston Committee of Public Safety had learned that General Gage planned to seize the high ground at Dorchester, to better defend his position and perhaps bombard the American camp.

    Angel in the Whirlwind

  • His physicians patched the wound as best they could, then the king struggled back to the mountain and directed the fight until his men finally took the high ground and killed most of the Sogdians.

    Alexander the Great

  • The written questions traveled by US Mail in a roundabout way to Hood through the NSGC successor to Station US then located on “Antennae Hill,” 3801 Nebraska Avenue NW—a high ground point in Washington, DC.


  • Were these confident newcomers Federals who disdained the proximity of Jackson's guns; or were they Confederates extending Jackson's flank along the high ground to the south of the Warrenton Turnpike?


  • It was manifest, also, that Cemetery Hill and an elevation south of it constituted a natural defense against attack from Seminary Ridge, the high ground where Hill's weary men were awaiting orders.


  • The countersign was given to the first sentinel, posted on high ground west of the morass.

    Angel in the Whirlwind


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