[ uhp-steyj ]
/ ˈʌpˈsteɪdʒ /
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on or toward the back of the stage.
of, relating to, or located at the back of the stage.
haughtily aloof; supercilious.
verb (used with object), up·staged, up·stag·ing.
to overshadow (another performer) by moving upstage and forcing the performer to turn away from the audience.
to outdo professionally, socially, etc.
to behave snobbishly toward.
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How to use upstage in a sentence
The story of Winner’s arrest upstaged the story of the NSA documents, robbing it of the chance to make the impact it should have, Poitras says.
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British Dictionary definitions for upstage
/ (ˈʌpˈsteɪdʒ) /
on, at, or to the rear of the stage
of or relating to the back half of the stage
informal haughty; supercilious; aloof
to move upstage of (another actor), thus forcing him to turn away from the audience
informal to draw attention to oneself from (someone else); steal the show from (someone)
informal to treat haughtily
the back half of the stage
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