one-up (someone)

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one-up (someone)

To make a point of outdoing, outperforming, outclassing, etc., someone. I hate telling stories around Jack because he always tries to one-up you with some fabulous anecdote of his own.
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The Geely GE may seem like a Rolls Royce rip-off, but it has one-upped the luxury brand by having one less backseat.
Most recently, the song even one-upped Kanye West's "Stronger" by retaking the #1 Hot 100 spot thanks to digital sales of more than 183,000 copies in just one week (Billboard, October 6 issue).
Couric later one-upped Lauer, telling him, ``I'll never have a partner like you again -- because I'll never be working with a partner again.
Kerry also one-upped President Bush with the kind of photo-op that the teetotaling president cannot duplicate.
Beverly Hills has one-upped Los Angeles with Bloomingdale's.
However, with this certification, HTC has one-upped even the English-language focused call centers, in the US, as well as those south of the border.
CBS one-upped ABC with two knockoffs: one based on Amber Frey's January book on her involvement in the salacious Scott Peterson trial, and ``Martha Stewart: Behind Bars,'' announced mid-March but since removed from CBS' schedule.
A BIT OF HEAVEN: Godiva was quick to realize that its rich chocolates could easily be incorporated into ice cream by the pint, but the 150-year-old Belgian chocolatier Neuhaus has one-upped the competition with its new ``snobinettes,'' ice cream-filled bonbons in a variety of flavors in a dark Belgian chocolate shell.
PR: Vargas one-upped De La Hoya in the public-relations department at the news conference.
We just shattered the world record, but the Australians one-upped us.
Vargas then one-upped him, shoving the challenger forcefully in the chest and knocking him back a few feet before officials jumped in to restore order.
Bow ties ranged from tiny butterfly sizes to huge '70s two-tone models, but Val Kilmer one-upped everybody with a western-inspired string-style bow.