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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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(Dog Park one-ups its predecessors by having two near-catatonic principals.
The administration's Office of the Inspector General (OIG) issues reports, Congress holds hearings, the president upstages Congress by holding a press conference, Congress one-ups the president by releasing GAO reports, ad nauseam.
Now he one-ups the anthropologists and sociologists, and perhaps the economists as well.
When Dole and Gramm both say they are "absolutely" against abortion but don't know that the time is right for a constitutional amendment banning the procedure, Buchanan declares, "Any politician who will turn his back on the unborn child will turn his back on you." Then Dornan one-ups Buchanan with, "We can no longer go on killing 1.5 million babies in their mothers' wombs and expect God to bless this country." To which Keyes replies that he wants to ban not only abortion but premarital sex: "You should not be having babies out of marriage.
In broad terms, part one is an explicit exercise in Central European ultra-miserabilism, middle seg is ghastly funny on par with anything the Monty Pythons dreamed up, and the climax one-ups David Cronenberg's worst nightmare.
Offering a much broader range of devices than its rival, it also one-ups Sonos with proper support for high-res audio as well as offering compatibility with Airplay, DNLA and Bluetooth devices allowing you to beam any music direct from your phone or even send audio to wireless headphones for private listening.