one-upmanship


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one-upmanship

if something someone does is one-upmanship, they are trying to make other people admire them by doing it in a better or more clever way than someone else There is a great deal of one-upmanship among children anxious to wear the most fashionable clothes.
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From there, it's a nasty game of one-upmanship, their obsession with each other taking on a hatred that obliterates reason.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A "systems approach" to budgeting creates organizations that understand how the parts of an organization relate to one another to create the whole through a financial perspective--a perspective that makes meeting financial responsibilities a core organizational competency, rather than an exercise in blind one-upmanship.
The authors of the Netsky and Bagle worms have been battling for virus writing supremacy in March, with both releasing new variants in a tit-for-tat game of one-upmanship.
His book is replete with an incredible chain of one-upmanship, hunches that led to breakthroughs, fights for monopolies, competition between companies, and clashing philosophies.
For a few years now Honda and Toyota have been playing a quiet game of one-upmanship as they work to update plants for better efficiency and productivity.
Truly skeptical writing--prose that is thoughtful and inquisitive even while it doubts and questions cultural certainties--is rare in our age of critical carping, finger-pointing, and one-upmanship.
It was not a subject for political one-upmanship but a matter of grave concern.