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upstage

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adverb up·stage \ˈəp-ˈstāj\

Simple Definition of upstage

  • : toward the back part of a stage

Full Definition of upstage

  1. 1 :  toward or at the rear of a theatrical stage

  2. 2 :  away from a motion-picture or television camera

1870

First Known Use of upstage

1870


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upstage

adjective up·stage

Definition of upstage

  1. 1 [3upstage] :  haughty

  2. 2 :  of or relating to the rear of a stage



1918

First Known Use of upstage

1918


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upstage

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verb up·stage \ˌəp-ˈstāj\

Simple Definition of upstage

  • : to take attention away from (someone or something else, such as another performer)

Full Definition of upstage

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to draw attention away from <upstaging the competition>

  3. 2 :  to force (an actor) to face away from the audience by staying upstage

  4. 3 :  to treat snobbishly

Examples of upstage

  1. We don't want the flower girl upstaging the bride.

  2. My apple pie was upstaged by her chocolate cake.



1921

First Known Use of upstage

1921


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upstage

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noun up·stage \ˈəp-ˌstāj\

Definition of upstage

  1. :  the part of a stage that is farthest from the audience or camera



Circa 1931

First Known Use of upstage

circa 1931


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