- to get the better of; succeed in being a point, move, step, etc., ahead of (someone): They one-upped the competition.
Origin of one-up
- having gained an advantage in some way that betokens success, especially over rivals.
- leading an opponent by one point or one scoring unit: The home team was one up on the visitors.
- one each; tied at a score of one: The score was one up in the ninth inning.
- Printing. with only one reproduction of a form per sheet or on a given sheet: We must print this job one up.
- Journalism. using one more column of space than of type.
Origin of one up
Examples from the Web for one-up
Will the Kleig lights now shining on Sam move them to one-up him as the first?Will Today’s Closeted NFL Stars Let Michael Sam Be the First Out Player?
February 10, 2014
With millions of bucks on the line, advertisers aim to one-up each other with the funniest, most memorable spots.What the GOP Can Learn from the NFL’s Outreach to Women
Kristen Soltis Anderson
January 30, 2014
PF: There was a point after Me, Myself and Irene that we seemed to have to one-up ourselves and we didn't want to do that.Interview With Hall Pass Directors Farrelly Brothers
February 22, 2011
Both he and Roubini strutted their stuff in Davos in January, trying to one-up each other with ever-more-dire forecasts.Top Seven Attention-Hungry Doomsayers
February 11, 2009
Well, my wife, you know, seems to think it might put me one-up with the jolly old dad if I did something.Indiscretions of Archie
P. G. Wodehouse
- informal having or having scored an advantage or lead over someone or something
Idioms and Phrases with one-up
Having an advantage or lead over someone, as in Sara is one up on Jane because she passed algebra in summer school. This expression comes from sports, where it means to be one point ahead of one's opponents. It was transferred to more general use about 1920.