Definition of one-upmanship in English:

one-upmanship

noun

informal
  • The technique or practice of gaining a feeling of superiority over another person.

    • ‘It is about selling television rights, team sponsorship and looking for one-upmanship in contracts.’
    • ‘For all the intricacies of the spat, it smacks of political one-upmanship, petty power play and a healthy dose of ego juice.’
    • ‘It is pathetic though to see the TN government indulge in one-upmanship with political rivals over the elimination of Veerappan.’
    • ‘The vanity, selfishness and one-upmanship that typified governmental culture in the eighties was exemplified by the narcissism implicit in the leisure complex.’
    • ‘It seems they only care about playing political one-upmanship at our expense.’
    • ‘Only the few scenes of parental one-upmanship have any comic spark.’
    • ‘While many may find the author's above comments relevant to the issue at hand, branding products as a method of securing their computer strikes me as one-upmanship.’
    • ‘The current frenzy seems more like political one-upmanship among governments than sound policy.’
    • ‘It would have been a simple matter to pilfer their tawdry Christmas illuminations in order to gain one-upmanship this year.’
    • ‘You couldn't help but look forward with anticipation to the many quality, innovative ads in the annual contest of one-upmanship among advertisers.’
    • ‘While Stammberger's creativity was fabulous, mixed with his aesthetic and playful spirit was no small amount of self promotion and one-upmanship.’
    • ‘She's the one woman who can beat him at his own game of sexual one-upmanship.’
    • ‘Each time a council meeting is cancelled or postponed because of political manoeuvring and one-upmanship, the real business of the municipality suffers.’
    • ‘Who knows, we may have someone whose interests lie not in party political bickering, nor one-upmanship, not wrong-footing the other party, but in Bedford.’
    • ‘He had superiority, in a sense, one-upmanship.’
    • ‘It is a biting comment on the more consequential games of political one-upmanship played by these two nuclear states.’
    • ‘In the end, the nation suffers on the scaffold of political games and one-upmanship.’
    • ‘In an age of parental one-upmanship, when each party has to be bigger and better than the last, arranged parties are becoming the done thing.’
    • ‘However, the political-battle of one-upmanship did not end here.’
    • ‘Constantly changing your ringtone combines several pubescent obsessions at once: pop music, computer technology and playground one-upmanship.’

Pronunciation:

one-upmanship

/wənˈəpmənˌSHip/