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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What is remarkable about the late work is not that de Kooning started to disappear from it and from himself, around 1987, but that he had already devoted the first part of the decade to a methodical self-erasure, as if one-upping Rauschenberg's undoing of one of his drawings thirty years before.
As for Honda and Toyota, who often seem to be focused solely on one-upping each other, they may find that if the new Spectra can erase that three-year perception gap it will prove tough competition, indeed.
Do what you have to do, kiss Corey's ass, drop some money at Metro, wait by the hardware store for one of the Marauders to load up on supplies--whatever it takes, just make the voyage to Diablo Valley and begin the game of one-upping the locals.
In the "Afro Latin" section, cultures battled through dance, blacks against Hispanics, with street, salsa, and African dancers one-upping each other.
Don Imus and Howard Stern have spent years one-upping each other on the racial and sexual insensitivity meter without serious consequences.
We know life is all about one-upping other people, but if you try and jump into a frozen pool or something.