Origin of upstage

First recorded in 1905–10; up- + stage
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overshadow

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British Dictionary definitions for upstaging

upstage

adverb

on, at, or to the rear of the stage

adjective

of or relating to the back half of the stage
informal haughty; supercilious; aloof

verb (tr)

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

noun

the back half of the stage
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Word Origin and History for upstaging

upstage

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.

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