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one-up(s)manship

The act of trying to outdo or be more successful, admirable, or respected than someone else. If the members of our Congress were less involved with political one-upsmanship, we could have passed several bills by now that could be stimulating the economy. I've never seen someone more devoted to one-upmanship than Tim. Everywhere you've been, he's been somewhere more excited.
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FF Humor LLC announced on Tuesday that it has released a humorous book titled Frequent Flyer Humor and One-Upmanship by George W.
There was one-upmanship and good banter - all played in the right spirit.
com/CMI survey) and hold court at the local gay bar or gather with friends over dinner or swap travel tales in the locker room at the gym, you want to share your latest "life-changing" adventure (OK, maybe a bit of healthy one-upmanship is involved).
Then, up on the shelf (metaphorically as well as physically) could go the books; the smart chat was reserved for parties or for daily one-upmanship and the architecture in the majority of respected firms could continue on a path of thinly concealed pragmatism.
From there, it's a nasty game of one-upmanship, their obsession with each other taking on a hatred that obliterates reason.
The proposed merger of Suez and GDF risks descending into a game of one-upmanship between the French and Belgian governments over the delicate issue of state-held golden shares.
Dishion of the University of Oregon in Eugene found that, during videotaped talks between 14-year-old best friends, some excitedly exchanged stories of increasingly deviant misadventures in a kind of antisocial one-upmanship, while others discussed any misdeeds briefly, if at all.
LAST week I congratulated Ian Paisley in this column for speaking out about an issue that, for once, didn't involve one-upmanship in the political arena.
At The Sacramento Ballet, principal Kirsten Bloom tells of a different sort of backstage diversion among the dancers--a certain boredom-fighting tradition of one-upmanship they goodnaturedly refer to as "dressing room wars.
Best, Fitch, Moody's and Weiss are in danger of falling prey to the nasty habit of one-upmanship, in their rush to be No.
Consider the bidding wars at auctions: The opening price is usually low enough to create a fast-paced one-upmanship between bidders, with many people participating.
This compendious work weaves examinations of a variety of Reformation texts from the Ninety-Five Theses to Paradise Lost into an original historical narrative, which offers the obligatory nods to Derrida and Foucault without embroiling its drive in scholarly one-upmanship or jargon.
But physicians by nature are rugged individualists more interested in one-upmanship and stabbing each other in the back than in ever becoming a cohesive bunch.
An artistic homage is by no means a straightforward gesture--it can be an act of cannibalism or one-upmanship as much as of indebtedness or respect.
In a society that prizes the sufferer and engages in one-upmanship particularly when misery is concerned, Winfrey has cornered the market.