Definition of one up in English:

one up

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informal

adjective

Having an advantage over someone: you’re always trying to be one up on whoever you’re with
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  • The first half produced very little to get excited about and in truth Wrexham should have been at least one up.
  • On the basis that more people drink Guinness than Bass, then he's already one up on Bertie.
  • But on the back of a motorbike you are one up from the scum on the street.

verb

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(one-up) [with object] Gain an advantage over: he deftly one-upped the interrogator
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  • When we last saw Tommy, he was figuring out how his Auburn Tigers could one-up the party in Miami and gain a split national championship with some well-timed posturing and pleading after his little tryst with Frank in New Orleans.
  • ‘Yeah, too bad it didn't win’ said Kate, taking advantage of her opportunity to one-up Holly
  • Man, just when I thought I'd done a decent job of promoting the blogosphere, Pejman one-ups me.

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