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upstart Line breaks: up|start
Pronunciation: /ˈʌpstɑːt/

Definition of upstart in English:


1 derogatory A person who has risen suddenly in rank or importance, especially one who behaves arrogantly: the upstarts who dare to challenge the legitimacy of his rule
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  • But be scrupulously polite to the people you criticize: A polite upstart is more tolerated than a rude one.
  • The media's role in exposing his unfortunate behaviour and upstart arrogance has been highly commendable.
  • At first she wanted to punch the nurse and storm off - how dare the young upstart speak to her like that?
status seeker, social climber;
(upstarts)the new rich, new money
informal would-be, wannabe
2A series of movements on the parallel or asymmetric bars, by which a gymnast swings to a position in which their body is supported by their arms above the bar, especially at the start of a routine.

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