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upstate

[uhp-steyt] /ˈʌpˈsteɪt/
noun
1.
the part of a state that is farther north or farther from the chief city, especially the northerly part of New York State.
adjective
2.
of or coming from such an area.
3.
located in or characteristic of this part.
adverb
4.
in, to, or into the upstate area.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05, Americanism; up- + state
Related forms
upstater, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for up state

upstate

/ˈʌpˈsteɪt/
adjective, adverb
1.
towards, in, from, or relating to the outlying or northern sections of a state, esp of New York State
noun
2.
the outlying, esp northern, sections of a state
Derived Forms
upstater, noun
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Slang definitions & phrases for up state

upstage

adjective

Haughty; aloof; snobbish: ''Upstage'' has taken on the additional meaning of ''ritzy,'' that is, arrogantly proud and vain (1918+)

verb
  1. To attract attention to oneself and away from other performers, esp by standing upstage so that they must look at you and turn their backs to the audience (1933+ Theater)
  2. To demand and receive inordinate attention at the cost of others: The secretary was trying to upstage the president on this, so he had to act at once (1921+)

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