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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

upmanship

[uhp-muh n-ship] /ˈʌp mənˌʃɪp/
noun
Also, upsmanship
[uhps-muh n-ship] /ˈʌps mənˌʃɪp/ (Show IPA)
.
Origin
1960-65; shortening of one-upmanship
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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]


upmanship

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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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