one-upmanship

[ wuhn-uhp-muh n-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.

Nearby words

  1. one-track,
  2. one-track mind,
  3. one-trick pony,
  4. one-two,
  5. one-up,
  6. one-upsmanship,
  7. one-way,
  8. one-way mirror,
  9. one-way ticket,
  10. one-woman

Also one-ups·man·ship [wuhn-uhps-muh n-ship] /ˈwʌnˈʌps mənˌʃɪp/.

Origin of one-upmanship

First recorded in 1950–55; one up + -manship

Also called upmanship, upsmanship.

upmanship

[ uhp-muh n-ship ]
/ ˈʌp mənˌʃɪp /

noun

Also ups·man·ship [uhps-muh n-ship] /ˈʌps mənˌʃɪp/.

Origin of upmanship

First recorded in 1960–65; shortening of one-upmanship

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British Dictionary definitions for upsmanship

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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