Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “one-upmanship”

one-upmanship

noun [U] /ˈwʌnˈweɪ/ (also one-upsmanship,  /ˈwʌnˈʌps·mənˌʃɪp/)
an effort to show that you are better than someone you are competing with: We heard the usual boasting and one-upsmanship before the boxers entered the ring.
(Definition of one-upmanship from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “one-upmanship” in other dictionaries

Translations of “one-upmanship”

Word of the Day

for starters

used to say that something is the first in a list of things

Word of the Day

Come on – you can do it! Phrasal verbs with ‘come’.

by Liz Walter​,
November 19, 2014
As part of an occasional series on the tricky subject of phrasal verbs, this blog looks at ones formed with the verb ‘come’. If you are reading this blog, I’m sure you already know come from, as it is one of the first things you learn in class: I come from Scotland/Spain.

Read More 

ped-text verb

November 24, 2014
to text someone while walking I’m ped-texting, I’m looking down at my phone, 75 percent of the time.

Read More