May 27th, 2008
Take the high road.
This expression means to handle a situation in a kind and ethical way instead of retaliating and seeking revenge.
Here is a common situation where this expression is used:
Imagine your boss was in a bad mood one day and started yelling at you for no good reason and complaining about your work. You’d probably be upset by this and might want to retaliate by saying something negative to him. Let’s say that you discuss this with your friend and your friend says to you; “He’s just in a bad mood. Of course he shouldn’t have yelled at you, but if you get upset and yell back then you are just as bad as he is. You should take the high road and forget about it.”
Imagine your ex-girlfriend sees you and tells you that she never loved you and hated the whole time you were together. You could retaliate by saying something horrible to her, or you could take the high road by disregarding what she said or saying something like, “I’m sorry you feel that way”.
I know from experience it’s difficult to take the high road (I don’t always do it) but it’s certainly something we should all try to do.
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