one-upmanship

[ US /ˌwəˈnəpmənˌʃɪp/ ]
NOUN
  1. the practice of keeping one jump ahead of a friend or competitor
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  • What follows is an escalating game of one-upmanship between Matthew, Amelia, and Danny, as all three players struggle to defend what is most important to them -- and are ultimately forced to reconsider what they truly want. The Cure for Modern Life by Lisa Tucker: Book summary
  • Granted, MC is now a classic, but it's hardly one-upmanship if he has waited until the novel not only won the Booker, the Booker of Bookers 25, and the Booker of Bookers AGAIN to read it, now is it?! From Cape Cod to Christmas
  • So let me be bold: the future of the white boy club is in inclusivity one-upmanship. The Future of White Boy clubs | FactoryCity
  • 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.
  • What is the deal with this one-upmanship (sp) thing going on between Dems and Reps? Gingrich holds jobs summit one day before Obama's
  • 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.
  • John, 35, a builder, says he and a friend got into sewing as a form of one-upmanship.
  • Pride and one-upmanship combined to create a mess. Times, Sunday Times
  • They probably all drive People Carriers and conversation is solely about one-upmanship, acquisitive materialism and diets.
  • It is pathetic though to see the TN government indulge in one-upmanship with political rivals over the elimination of Veerappan.
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