Meaning of one-upmanship

one-up•man•ship

Pronunciation: (wun'up'mun-ship"), [key]
— n.
  1. the art or practice of achieving, demonstrating, or assuming superiority in one's rivalry with a friend or opponent by obtaining privilege, status, status symbols, etc.: the one-upmanship of getting into the president's car pool.
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