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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Similarly, Billy Finch of Weatherford, Texas, saw his champion pecan lose its crown when the 91-footer was one-upped by a 136-foot behemoth from Tennessee.
Bush has one-upped the President, advocating the full-scale Star Wars idea (See "Politics," page 19.)
Consider for a moment: When the drug war began, the White House proposed funding it with something like $10 billion, whereupon our vigilant Congress one-upped the funding to something like $14 billion.
And Mississippi's Fordice one-upped them all by announcing a plan to make his state the "capital of capital punishment."
DEC was one-upped by Mips Computer Systems, which introduced its own workstation built around the R3000 chip.
The Silent War is arriving on the shelves at the same time as Jim Fallows's More Like Us: Making America Great Again.** Reporter Fallows one-upped the experts in 1981 with National Defense, which may well be the best book so far on America's crushing problems with defense management.
If you believe in good faith that you might be one-upped in pulling out your gun, then shoot,' the President added.
However, LG, which is currently the dominant player in the television market, may have one-upped Samsung's efforts by introducing its 175-inch micro LED TV recently.
While Chrissy was a key part of one regional championship team in 2013, Nikki one-upped her on Thursday night, helping the Falcons win their second straight regional title with a 51-39 victory over Elk Grove in the Class 4A DeKalb regional final.
"Based on this analysis, birds have clearly one-upped us in several ways in terms of colour vision," says Joseph C.
The Geely GE may seem like a Rolls Royce rip-off, but it has one-upped the luxury brand by having one less backseat.
I'm even happier to report that in this case, the Detroit News may have indeed one-upped the Free-Press.
A few hours later, CNBC one-upped Murdoch at his own game: It reported that the Bancrofts were rejecting the News Corp.
Kerry also one-upped President Bush with the kind of photo-op that the teetotaling president cannot duplicate.
Joe may have looked sharp in his camouflage fatigues, but Michael Kors has one-upped him with his version, fit for a princess.