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[wuhn-uhp-muh n-ship] /ˈwʌnˈʌp mənˌʃɪp/
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)
Also called upmanship, upsmanship.
Origin of one-upmanship
1950-55; one up + -manship


[uhp-muh n-ship] /ˈʌp mənˌʃɪp/
Also, upsmanship
[uhps-muh n-ship] /ˈʌps mənˌʃɪp/ (Show IPA)
1960-65; shortening of one-upmanship Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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British Dictionary definitions for upsmanship


(informal) the art or practice of achieving or maintaining an advantage over others, often by slightly unscrupulous means
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Slang definitions & phrases for upsmanship



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]

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.
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