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[uhp-muh n-ship] /ˈʌp mənˌʃɪp/
Also, upsmanship
[uhps-muh n-ship] /ˈʌps mənˌʃɪp/ (Show IPA)
Origin of upmanship
1960-65; shortening of one-upmanship Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for upmanship
  • The writing process was a constant state of one-upmanship.
  • The exchequer should tax earned income heavily enough to deter one-upmanship, they say.
  • But technological one-upmanship may confer a psychological advantage.
  • Primarily they are vehicles for the chef's artistry, whimsy and one-upmanship.
  • Free of the possibility of one-upmanship or misstep.
  • Independent experts, however, caution against such nationalistic one-upmanship.
  • The one-upmanship continues until markets are closed or are so severely restricted that they're effectively closed.
Slang definitions & phrases for upmanship

up front

adjective phrase
  1. From the beginning; first; at once: we knew right up front that if I did the film, I'd be rich (1980+)
  2. onest; open; truthful: very up-front about who she is and what she thinks/ ''These people are not being up-front and honest,'' the Mayor said (1972+)
adverb phrase

(also in front) In advance; before any deductions: His twin wasn't getting enough cash (something like $1,000) up front/ Don't pay your money up front (1972+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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