[ UK /ʌpstˈe‍ɪd‍ʒ/ ]
[ US /əpˈsteɪdʒ/ ]
  1. the rear part of the stage
  1. move upstage, forcing the other actors to turn away from the audience
  2. steal the show, draw attention to oneself away from someone else
    When the dog entered the stage, he upstaged the actress
  3. treat snobbishly, put in one's place
  1. of the back half of a stage
    she crossed to the upstage chair forcing the lead to turn his back to the audience
  2. remote in manner
    a distant smile
    he was upstage with strangers
    stood apart with aloof dignity
  1. at or toward the rear of the stage
    the dancers were directed to move upstage
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How To Use upstage In A Sentence

  • With stage shutters open to reveal a large drawing-room extending upstage, the partygoers are grouped around different card tables and involved in their card games.
  • he was upstage with strangers
  • Give them a chance to make an exhibition of themselves and these two never miss the opportunity, as they did while attempting to upstage the president's address to Parliament.
  • Graham relished the opportunity to upstage Chelsea and found in the talented Russell the width to dominate the game from midfield.
  • French commentators, on the other hand, are suggesting that Sarkozy's real aim in "endorsing" Blair was to upstage the Socialist opposition before municipal polls rather than commit Paris to backing Blair for the EU job, for which he has also dubbed Juncker pictured an obvious candidate. It was never going to happen
  • Men will shelter her, and explain things to her, and cover up for her mistakes; in the worst cases — like Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, which is a carnival of disaster on a gender front as well as a racial one — her every action will be upstaged by those of a half-grown boy, thus establishing that a male of any age will always be more useful than a woman. The problem of the Childlike Empress at SF Novelists
  • The ubiquitous pyramid is poorly used, cramping the main action in an unlit area upstage.
  • I was very cross that she had upstaged the bride. The Sun
  • And other celebs have upstaged brides too. The Sun
  • But you don't want to upstage the bride. Times, Sunday Times
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