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high ground

  
1       n-sing   If a person or organization has the high ground in an argument or dispute, that person or organization has an advantage.     (JOURNALISM)   the N, oft the adj N  
The President must seek to regain the high ground in the political debate...     
2    If you say that someone has taken themoral high ground, you mean that they consider that their policies and actions are morally superior to the policies and actions of their rivals.  
the moral high ground      phrase   PHR after v  
The Republicans took the moral high ground with the message that they were best equipped to manage the authority...     
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high

  

      adj  
1    elevated, lofty, soaring, steep, tall, towering  
2    excessive, extraordinary, extreme, great, intensified, sharp, strong  
3    arch, big-time     (informal)   chief, consequential, distinguished, eminent, exalted, important, influential, leading, major league     (informal)   notable, powerful, prominent, ruling, significant, superior  
4    arrogant, boastful, bragging, despotic, domineering, haughty, lofty, lordly, ostentatious, overbearing, proud, tyrannical, vainglorious  
5    capital, extreme, grave, important, serious  
6    boisterous, bouncy     (informal)   cheerful, elated, excited, exhilarated, exuberant, joyful, light-hearted, merry, strong, tumultuous, turbulent  
7      (informal)   delirious, euphoric, freaked out     (informal)   hyped up     (slang)   inebriated, intoxicated, on a trip     (informal)   spaced out     (slang)   stoned     (slang)   tripping     (informal)   turned on     (slang)   zonked     (slang)  
8    costly, dear, exorbitant, expensive, high-priced, steep     (informal)   stiff  
9    acute, high-pitched, penetrating, piercing, piping, sharp, shrill, soprano, strident, treble  
10    extravagant, grand, lavish, luxurious, rich  
11    gamey, niffy     (Brit. slang)   pongy     (Brit. informal)   strong-flavoured, tainted, whiffy     (Brit. slang)  
12    high and dry      abandoned, bereft, destitute, helpless, stranded  
13    high and low      all over, everywhere, exhaustively, far and wide, in every nook and cranny  
14    high and mighty        (informal)   arrogant, cavalier, conceited, disdainful, haughty, imperious, overbearing, self-important, snobbish, stuck-up     (informal)   superior  
      adv  
15    aloft, at great height, far up, way up  
      n  
16    apex, crest, height, peak, record level, summit, top  
17      (informal)   delirium, ecstasy, euphoria, intoxication, trip     (informal)  
  
Antonyms     
  
1    dwarfed, low, short, stunted  
2    average, low, mild, moderate, reduced, restrained, routine, suppressed  
3    average, common, degraded, ignoble, inconsequential, insignificant, low, lowly, low-ranking, menial, routine, secondary, undistinguished, unimportant  
6    angry, dejected, depressed, gloomy, low, melancholy, sad  
9    alto, bass, deep, gruff, low, low-pitched  


high-class     
A1 or A-one     (informal)   choice, classy     (slang)   elite, exclusive, first-rate, high-quality, high-toned, posh     (informal, chiefly Brit.)   ritzy     (slang)   select, superior, swish     (informal, chiefly Brit.)   tip-top, top-drawer, top-flight, tops     (slang)   U     (Brit. informal)   up-market, upper-class  
  
Antonyms     
   cheap, cheapo     (informal)   common, inferior, mediocre, ordinary, run-of-the-mill  
high-flown     
elaborate, exaggerated, extravagant, florid, grandiose, high-falutin     (informal)   inflated, lofty, magniloquent, overblown, pretentious  
  
Antonyms     
   down-to-earth, moderate, modest, practical, pragmatic, realistic, reasonable, restrained, sensible, simple, straightforward, unpretentious  
high-handed     
arbitrary, autocratic, bossy     (informal)   despotic, dictatorial, domineering, imperious, inconsiderate, oppressive, overbearing, peremptory, self-willed, tyrannical, wilful  
high jinks     
fun and games, horseplay, jollity, junketing, merrymaking, revelry, skylarking     (informal)   sport, spree  
high-minded     
elevated, ethical, fair, good, honourable, idealistic, magnanimous, moral, noble, principled, pure, righteous, upright, virtuous, worthy  
  
Antonyms     
   dishonest, dishonourable, unethical, unfair  
high-mindedness     
integrity, probity, rectitude, scrupulousness, uprightness  
high-powered     
aggressive, driving, dynamic, effective, energetic, enterprising, fast-track, forceful, go-ahead, go-getting     (informal)   highly capable, high-octane     (informal)   vigorous  
high-pressure        (of salesmanship)  
aggressive, bludgeoning, coercive, compelling, forceful, high-powered, importunate, insistent, intensive, in-your-face     (slang)   persistent, persuasive, pushy     (informal)  
high-priced     
costly, dear, excessive, exorbitant, expensive, extortionate, high, steep     (informal)   stiff, unreasonable  
high-sounding     
affected, artificial, bombastic, extravagant, flamboyant, florid, grandiloquent, grandiose, high-flown, imposing, magniloquent, ostentatious, overblown, pompous, pretentious, stilted, strained  
high-speed     
brisk, express, fast, hotted-up     (informal)   quick, rapid, souped-up     (informal)   streamlined, swift  
high-spirited     
alive and kicking, animated, boisterous, bold, bouncy, daring, dashing, ebullient, effervescent, energetic, exuberant, frolicsome, full of beans     (informal)   full of life, fun-loving, gallant, lively, mettlesome, sparky, spirited, spunky     (informal)   vibrant, vital, vivacious  
high spirits     
abandon, boisterousness, exhilaration, exuberance, good cheer, hilarity, joie de vivre, rare good humour  

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n.
Ground Zero mosque
acronym coined in 2010 based on the controversy of building a mosque on the site where the Twin Towers were before 9/11
n.
calcium carbonate
adv.
comfortably; extravagantly
exp.
finalize smth. successfully / in a positive manner
E.g.: The negotiations were tough, but they ended on a high note
exp.
get drunk or take drugs; get high
nnpl.
to make a hole in ground, with a spade for example
n.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees also known as The UN Refugee Agency is a United Nations agency mandated to protect and support refugees at the request of a government or the UN itself and assists in their voluntary repatriation, local integration or resettlement to a third country.
In more than six decades, UNHCR has helped tens of millions of people restart their lives. The UNHCR has won two Nobel Peace Prizes. unhcr.org en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UNHCR
n.
(in neomarxist thought) the second main exploitive social class: The bourgeoisie of formation. The members of the formoisie have human capital, receive high wages (the most frequently thanks to their diplomas) and consume more than the world GDP. (neologism 1993 Yanick Toutain)
[Hum. Sc.] The formoisie is the social class that created social-democracy and stalinism.
n.
A small short-term loan, with very high interest rates, that the borrower promises to repay on or near the next payday. Used by wage earners who run short of cash before payday. Payday lending is an established form of lending in the US and Canada.
Also: payday advance, overnight loan.
n.
an urban photography trend consisting in taking the pics from the top (and usually the edge) of high buildings
n.
renewable energy obtainable on coasts based on the sea or ocean low and high tides
n.
a form of workout based on the usage of high heels
also called legwork
id.
expression referring to a high amount of effort, dedication, endurance for pursuing a cause, achieving a goal
He put blood, sweat and tears in making this movie
n.
A este estudiante de escuela primaria le gusta la ciencia, A este estudiante de colegio le gusta la historia
n.
In the UK, a chav is a highly antisocial juvenile delinquent who wears (usually counterfeit) designer sports clothes and high-end brands and vulgar jewellery (= bling) and listens to rap music.
Very common, colloquial En France on appelle ça un caillera
n.
internet site allowing to view TV programs after their broadcast allowing targeted advertisement. Requires high-speed internet connexion
n.
someone who does not use high-technology items or services on a daily basis
[Slang] "Amish" is the name of a religious group arisen in the 16th century, that resists modern world's changes (including technology, fashion etc.)
n.
participant-driven meeting with no predefined agenda as opposed to high-price, top-down and formal conferences

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