Origin and Etymology of one-up
First Known Use: 1963See Words from the same year
Definition of one up
Recent Examples of one up from the Web
If Starbucks follows a historical path, patrons could pick one up as early as tomorrow.
All-purpose back Mookie Cooper picked one up about two weeks ago.
Chalk this one up as a human achievement on par with sending a probe beyond the outer reaches of the solar system and finding signs of life on Mars.
Here comes a slow, waist-high one up the middle ...
Pick one up at a subway station or order it with your JR Pass and tap away.
Everyone, that is, except Domhnall Gleeson, who had never read a Pooh book until he was cast as the beloved bear’s creator, A.A. Milne, and picked one up for research.
Greater Metro Conference Player of the Year Rachel Kauflin of Wauwatosa also was expected to take an individual spot, leaving one up for grabs.
In the past, on the odd occasion that flooding would wash one up to the surface, locals believed the unusual amphibians to be baby dragons—hence the nickname.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'one up.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
First Known Use of one up
ONE-UP Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of one up for English Language Learners
: having an advantage over someone : in a position that is better than someone else's position
Learn More about one-up
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up one-up? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).