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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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.--KEW
In that previous era, had bishops begun one-upping each other in the orthodoxy crusade (the most extreme declaration came recently from Bishop Michael Sheridan of Colorado Springs, Colo., that anyone who votes for a candidate such as Kerry should refrain from receiving Communion) a few of the heavy hitters would have swung into action.
But where's the fun in that, if one-upping your biz competitors is the real game?
A clever, humorous guide to one-upping fellow wine lovers.
"While I don't believe Eugenie is interested in one-upping her cousin, the three separate parties, split over the course of two days, do rather smack of Andrew and Fergie-style excess, which leaves their youngest daughter open to a swathe of negative and in some cases hurtful criticism," (https://honey.nine.com.au/2018/09/20/08/55/victoria-arbiter-princess-eugenie-wedding) Victoria Arbiter wrote.
After he exits, the four men alternate show-off solos that seem at least partially improvisational, one-upping each other, but being deferential to the elder, Brown, dressed in white.
If we make appointments tonight, it will look like two selectmen are one-upping one selectman, or two selectmen are choreographing the Advisory Board," Mr.
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.
One-upping central narrative conceit of "Sunset Boulevard," "Posthumous Memories" presents the life of 19th century Rio de Janeiro nobleman Bras Cubas as hosted by his still-warm corpse.
Samsung's flagship phones for this year, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8, already have iris scanning technology, so it is being speculated that the South Korean company could be one-upping Apple by adding 3D sensing technology as an extra layer of security to the Galaxy S9's camera module. 
In the "Afro Latin" section, cultures battled through dance, blacks against Hispanics, with street, salsa, and African dancers one-upping each other.
The two platforms have been in competition each one-upping one another as much as possible.
Unfortunately for Lin, he's missed out on possibly one-upping his former teams.