one-upmanship

[ wuhn-uhp-muhn-ship ]
/ ˈwʌnˈʌp mənˌʃɪp /

noun

the art or practice of achieving, demonstrating, or assuming superiority in one's rivalry with a friend or opponent by obtaining privilege, status, status symbols, etc.: the one-upmanship of getting into the president's car pool.

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Also one-ups·man·ship [wuhn-uhps-muhn-ship]. /ˈwʌnˈʌps mənˌʃɪp/.
Also called upmanship, upsmanship.

Origin of one-upmanship

First recorded in 1950–55; one up + -manship
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British Dictionary definitions for one-upmanship

one-upmanship
/ (wʌnˈʌpmənʃɪp) /

noun

informal the art or practice of achieving or maintaining an advantage over others, often by slightly unscrupulous means
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