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one–upmanship

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noun one–up·man·ship \ˌwən-ˈəp-mən-ˌship\

Simple Definition of one–upmanship

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of one–upmanship

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


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