from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun The art of outdoing or showing up a rival or competitor, as in exploits, privileges, or honors.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun The attitude or practice of trying to keep one step ahead of a friend or competitor; vigorous competitiveness.
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- noun idiomatic The art or practice of successively
- noun idiomatic A succession of instances of outdoing a competitor.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun the practice of keeping one jump ahead of a friend or competitor
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All you hear from that side in these posts is a lot of immature high school football game one-upmanship rhetoric.
What is the deal with this one-upmanship (sp) thing going on between Dems and Reps?
Congressional Republicans should not try to outdo Mr. Obama in a game of unprincipled one-upmanship.
All you hear from that side is a lot of immature high school football game one-upmanship rhetoric. will
Offense by proxy is a perverse form of holier-than-thou one-upmanship.
Don't get me wrong, I love 'em to death, but the way they seem capable of turning any situation into a game of one-upmanship -- even with their closest buddies -- can be a pretty awesome spectacle.
Paired violinists Minna Kangas and Tuomo Suni took up the singer's motifs and traded them back and forth, often engaged in smiling one-upmanship while embellishing their lines.
Granted, MC is now a classic, but it's hardly one-upmanship if he has waited until the novel not only won the Booker, the Booker of Bookers 25, and the Booker of Bookers AGAIN to read it, now is it?!
For the universities involved, these partnerships are not rooted in cloud one-upmanship, but in invaluable experience.
Stephen Potter, a British humorist who has undeservedly faded into obscurity, is the father of "one-upmanship," a strategem for besting an opponent—somewhat unfairly—without actually cheating.