one-up(s)manship

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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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Discouraging behaviors also include: cutting someone off when they are trying to make a point, one upsmanship, and unnecessary argument (there is no need to challenge everything that is said).
In addition, both sequences include one upsmanship.