upstage


1up·stage

adverb \ˈəp-ˈstāj\

: toward the back part of a stage

Full Definition of UPSTAGE

1
:  toward or at the rear of a theatrical stage
2
:  away from a motion-picture or television camera

First Known Use of UPSTAGE

1870

2upstage

adjective

Definition of UPSTAGE

1
[3upstage] :  haughty
2
:  of or relating to the rear of a stage

First Known Use of UPSTAGE

1918

3up·stage

transitive verb \ˌəp-ˈstāj\

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

Full Definition of UPSTAGE

1
:  to draw attention away from <upstaging the competition>
2
:  to force (an actor) to face away from the audience by staying upstage
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.

First Known Use of UPSTAGE

1921

4up·stage

noun \ˈəp-ˌstāj\

Definition of UPSTAGE

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

First Known Use of UPSTAGE

circa 1931

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