[ wuhn-uhp-muhn-ship ]
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  1. 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.

Origin of one-upmanship

First recorded in 1950–55; one up + -manship
  • Also one-ups·man·ship [wuhn-uhps-muhn-ship]. /ˈwʌnˈʌps mənˌʃɪp/.

Words Nearby one-upmanship Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use one-upmanship in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for one-upmanship


/ (wʌnˈʌpmənʃɪp) /

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

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