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one up (on someone)

Leading or ahead (of someone); in an advantageous position (over someone). He's just mad because Sarah is one up on him after their yearly performance reviews. Jake and I have an ongoing contest to see who's better at this game. He's one up at the moment, but I'm trying to improve.
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*one up (on someone)

ahead of someone; having an advantage over someone. (*Typically: be ~; get ~.) Tom is one up on Sally because he got a job and she didn't. Yes, it sounds like Tom is one up.
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one up

Having an advantage or lead over someone, as in Sara is one up on Jane because she passed algebra in summer school. This expression comes from sports, where it means to be one point ahead of one's opponents. It was transferred to more general use about 1920.
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Aside from the wave of smugness when a staff member complimented that day's purchases, my favourite memory of One Up will probably be when I returned home - a sprightly 16 years old - and listened to the first Yeah Yeah Yeah's EP and Kinks Singles Collection.
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