- on or toward the back of the stage.
- of, relating to, or located at the back of the stage.
- haughtily aloof; supercilious.
- 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.
Origin of upstage
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- 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
Word Origin and History for upstaging
1918 (adj.), 1921 (v.); the notion is of drawing attention to oneself (and away from a fellow actor) by moving upstage -- to the rear of the stage -- so that the other actor must face away from the audience. The noun upstage "back of the stage" is recorded from 1870.