Definition of one-upmanship in English:

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Pronunciation: /wənˈəpmənˌSHip/


The technique or practice of gaining a feeling of superiority over another person.
Example sentences
  • It is pathetic though to see the TN government indulge in one-upmanship with political rivals over the elimination of Veerappan.
  • It would have been a simple matter to pilfer their tawdry Christmas illuminations in order to gain one-upmanship this year.
  • Each time a council meeting is cancelled or postponed because of political manoeuvring and one-upmanship, the real business of the municipality suffers.

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Syllabification: one-up·man·ship

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