Definition of one-upmanship in English:
noun[mass noun] informal
The technique or practice of gaining an advantage or feeling of superiority over another person: the one-upmanship of who can get the best presents
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- 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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