one-up

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one-up (third-person singular simple present one-ups, present participle one-upping, simple past and past participle one-upped)

  1. (idiomatic) To outdo, to do something slightly better than a competitor's prior effort.
    Every year the neighbors try to one-up each other with their holiday lights.

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one-up (plural one-ups)

  1. (video games) An additional life or an object that increases the player's number of chances or "lives" by one.
    If you hit that block, you can get a one-up.

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