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upstage

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adverb up·stage \ˈəp-ˈstāj\

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\

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 in a sentence

  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


UPSTAGE Defined for English Language Learners

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upstage

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adverb up·stage \ˈəp-ˈstāj\

Definition of upstage for English Language Learners

  • : toward the back part of a stage


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upstage

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verb up·stage \ˌəp-ˈstāj\

Definition of upstage for English Language Learners

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


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