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 object that gives the player an extra chance to play.
    If you hit that block, you can get a one up.

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Almost always written 1UP.

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