Definition of upstage in English:

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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


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.

Words that rhyme with upstage

age, assuage, backstage, cage, downstage, engage, enrage, gage, gauge, mage, multistage, offstage, onstage, Osage, page, Paige, rage, rampage, sage, stage, swage, under-age, wage

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