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).
He and Stuhmer created this grand plan through an escalating game of creative one upsmanship. They want HomeDestinations to be remembered as the mother of all show homes.
In addition, both sequences include one upsmanship. By this we mean that the quick wit of the addressees diffuses and indeed turns the tables on the speakers' putdowns.