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noun [countable] high road pronunciation in American English 
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singularhigh road
pluralhigh roads
  1. 1
    the way that is morally right

    The Senator veered off his high road several times in tonight's debate.

    take the high road:

    The paper took the high road and didn't publish the pictures.

  2. 2

    the high road

    the easiest or most likely way to achieve something

    A university education is the high road to success.


a paid holiday given to a new employee before they start their job

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