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.



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.

Usage notes[edit]

Almost always written 1UP.


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