one upmanship


the art or practice of achieving, demonstrating, or assuming superiority in one's rivalry with a friend or opponent by obtaining privilege, status, status symbols, etc.: the one-upmanship of getting into the president's car pool.
Also, one-upsmanship [wuhn-uhps-muhn-ship] .
Also called upmanship, upsmanship.

1950–55; one up + -manship Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
one-upmanship (wʌnˈʌpmənʃɪp)
informal the art or practice of achieving or maintaining an advantage over others, often by slightly unscrupulous means

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