one-upmanship

noun
one-up·man·ship | \ ˌwən-ˈəp-mən-ˌship \
variants: or less commonly one-upsmanship \ˌwən-ˈəps-mən-ˌship \

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

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1952, in the meaning defined above

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one-upmanship

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English Language Learners Definition of one-upmanship

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

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