Meaning of “one-upmanship” in the English Dictionary


"one-upmanship" in American English

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one-upmanshipnoun [ 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)

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