One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The technique or practice of gaining a feeling of superiority over another person.
- ‘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.’
- ‘It is pathetic though to see the TN government indulge in one-upmanship with political rivals over the elimination of Veerappan.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘You couldn't help but look forward with anticipation to the many quality, innovative ads in the annual contest of one-upmanship among advertisers.’
- ‘Constantly changing your ringtone combines several pubescent obsessions at once: pop music, computer technology and playground one-upmanship.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘It would have been a simple matter to pilfer their tawdry Christmas illuminations in order to gain one-upmanship this year.’
- ‘While Stammberger's creativity was fabulous, mixed with his aesthetic and playful spirit was no small amount of self promotion 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.’
- ‘He had superiority, in a sense, one-upmanship.’
- ‘For all the intricacies of the spat, it smacks of political one-upmanship, petty power play and a healthy dose of ego juice.’
- ‘However, the political-battle of one-upmanship did not end here.’
- ‘In the end, the nation suffers on the scaffold of political games and one-upmanship.’
- ‘It is about selling television rights, team sponsorship and looking for one-upmanship in contracts.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘It is a biting comment on the more consequential games of political one-upmanship played by these two nuclear states.’
- ‘The current frenzy seems more like political one-upmanship among governments than sound policy.’
- ‘The vanity, selfishness and one-upmanship that typified governmental culture in the eighties was exemplified by the narcissism implicit in the leisure complex.’
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