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one-upmanship

[wuhn-uhp-muh n-ship] /ˈwʌnˈʌp mənˌʃɪp/
noun
1.
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-muh n-ship] /ˈwʌnˈʌps mənˌʃɪp/ (Show IPA)
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Also called upmanship, upsmanship.
Origin
1950-1955
1950-55; one up + -manship
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British Dictionary definitions for one-upsmanship

one-upmanship

/wʌnˈʌpmənʃɪp/
noun
1.
(informal) the art or practice of achieving or maintaining an advantage over others, often by slightly unscrupulous means
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Word Origin and History for one-upsmanship
n.

1952, from noun phrase one up "scoring one more point than one's opponent" (1919).

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Slang definitions & phrases for one-upsmanship

one-upmanship

noun

The technique and practice of having the advantage over one's opponent, esp keeping a psychological advantage by low cunning and subtle brilliance: a wide-open but good-humored game of political one-upmanship

[1952+; coined by the late British humorist Stephen Potter as a book title]


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