one-upmanship


one–up·man·ship

noun \ˌwən-ˈəp-mən-ˌship\

: behavior in which someone tries to get an advantage by doing, saying, or having better things than someone else

Full Definition of ONE-UPMANSHIP

:  the art or practice of outdoing or keeping one jump ahead of a friend or competitor <engaged in a round of verbal one–upmanship>

Variants of ONE-UPMANSHIP

one–up·man·ship also one–ups·man·ship \-ˈəps-mən-\

First Known Use of ONE-UPMANSHIP

1952

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