Meaning of “upstage” in the English Dictionary

"upstage" in British English

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upstageverb [ T ]

uk /ʌpˈsteɪdʒ/ us /ʌpˈsteɪdʒ/

upstageadverb, adjective [ before noun ]

uk /ʌpˈsteɪdʒ/ us /ˈʌp.steɪdʒ/

towards or at the part of a theatre stage that is furthest from the people watching the performance:

He looks upstage to where the body is lying.

(Definition of “upstage” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"upstage" in American English

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upstageverb [ T ]

us /ˌʌpˈsteɪdʒ/

to take people’s attention away from someone and make them listen to or look at you instead:

The mayor doesn’t like to be upstaged by his subordinates – he likes to make all the public announcements.

(Definition of “upstage” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)