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one-up(s)manship

The act of trying to outdo or be more successful, admirable, or respected than someone else. If the members of our Congress were less involved with political one-upsmanship, we could have passed several bills by now that could be stimulating the economy. I've never seen someone more devoted to one-upmanship than Tim. Everywhere you've been, he's been somewhere more excited.
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The standouts at home have become the benchmark in Munich, in the land where constant one-upsmanship has created the world's fairgrounds for the global geek.
Thanks to this unfettered approach, which may spell the end of one-upsmanship in tasting, these are heady times for wine and food.
In other words, Negri and Hardt's comments concerning deconstruction are easily dismissed as rhetorical flourish, a kind of theoretical one-upsmanship that functions largely as an ad campaign for the arrival of a new market-maker at the theory store: there's a new meta-theory in town, ready to dominate the theoretical marketplace as deconstruction has, on and off, for the last quarter-century.
Zheng He also allows China's political leaders to indulge in one-upsmanship at Western expense, advancing their aim of regional primacy.
Strychacz shows how Hemingway engages in a game of rhetorical one-upsmanship with Kandisky, with Pop, with his critics, and with other writers.
Soon after the introduction of these AUSes, a pattern of one-upsmanship ensued.
For example, the Clean Air Act (technically a series of amendments to an existing law) was the result of a game of political one-upsmanship in 1970 between President Richard Nixon and Senator Edmund Muskie, then the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee for the 1972 election and the possible opponent Nixon feared most.
However, Louis Michel, the EC for development and humanitarian aid, urged donors not to engage in mindless one-upsmanship.
Gone, says Abramson, are the years spent "pulling apart, disagreeing, playing one-upsmanship games.
For reasons of, we suppose, market one-upsmanship ("Match this, BMW
He's been so good at telling us when our side makes a mistake," said Avery, who emphasized that the complaint wasn't just about political one-upsmanship.
Caught up in a flush of excitement, Feldt and Michelman engaged in a kind of one-upsmanship to see who could describe the upcoming election in the most apocalyptic terms.