Definition of upstage in English:


Line breaks: up|stage
Pronunciation: /ʌpˈsteɪdʒ

adverb& adjective

1At or towards the back of a theatre stage: [as adverb]: Hamlet turns to face upstage [as adjective]: an upstage exit
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  • The worthy fellow travels with heavy heart all the way to Bohemia, there to abandon the babe, whereupon he exits upstage right.
  • Taylor's set employs a ballet bar set diagonally upstage from down stage right.
  • What I question is Zeffirelli's decision to set the action in what looks like a mix of Art Deco hotel lobby and theatre foyer, with a fake audience on stage and characters making upstage entrances through a false arch.
2 [as adjective] informal , dated Superior; aloof: this upstage reserve is rather ridiculous


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1 [with object] Divert attention from (someone) towards oneself: they were totally upstaged by their co-star in the film
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  • Personally, I thought he was probably an attention seeker attempting to upstage me.
  • Some people say the they upstaged us but we're not concerned about these things.
  • Do people try to upstage the bride and turn up in purple satin wedding dresses?
2(Of an actor) move towards the back of a stage to make (another actor) face away from the audience: when he tried to upstage her she sauntered down to the front of the stage
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  • The actors upstage each other, and sometimes abandon the stage altogether, as part of this approach.
  • Actors find little pleasure in being upstaged.

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