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upstage

[uhp-steyj] /ˈʌpˈsteɪdʒ/
adverb
1.
on or toward the back of the stage.
adjective
2.
of, pertaining to, or located at the back of the stage.
3.
haughtily aloof; supercilious.
verb (used with object), upstaged, upstaging.
4.
to overshadow (another performer) by moving upstage and forcing the performer to turn away from the audience.
5.
to outdo professionally, socially, etc.
6.
to behave snobbishly toward.
noun
7.
the rear half of the stage.
8.
any stage position to the rear of another.
Origin
1905-1910
1905-10; up- + stage
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Examples from the web for upstage
  • On the set, he'd upstage an actor and step on his lines.
  • It's long enough for a discussion of a famous pastry chef and for flower arrangements that upstage the characters.
  • He then went to the restroom upstage left, and the sound of urination filled the space.
British Dictionary definitions for upstage

upstage

/ˈʌpˈsteɪdʒ/
adverb
1.
on, at, or to the rear of the stage
adjective
2.
of or relating to the back half of the stage
3.
(informal) haughty; supercilious; aloof
verb (transitive)
4.
to move upstage of (another actor), thus forcing him to turn away from the audience
5.
(informal) to draw attention to oneself from (someone else); steal the show from (someone)
6.
(informal) to treat haughtily
noun
7.
the back half of the stage
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Word Origin and History for upstage

1918 (adj.), 1921 (v.); the notion is of drawing attention to oneself (and away from a fellow actor) by moving upstage -- to the rear of the stage -- so that the other actor must face away from the audience. The noun upstage "back of the stage" is recorded from 1870.

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Slang definitions & phrases for upstage

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+)

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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