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.
    • 1991, Ski (volume 56, number 3, page 102)
      "Time flies when you're having fun!" said one of the skiers in our party. "Yeah, but time's more fun when you're flying," Jay one-upped.

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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 "lives" by one.
    If you hit that block, you can get a one-up.

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