transitive verb-·upped′, -·up′ping
An example of one-up is when you always feel the need to correct everyone around you to make yourself look smarter than them.
transitive verbone-upped, one-up·ping, one-ups Informal
(third-person singular simple present one-ups, present participle one-upping, simple past and past participle one-upped)
- (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.
- (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.
(plural one ups)
- (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.
Almost always written 1UP.
- As it has grown more popular in the West, the claims have grown exponentially as various brands try to one-up one another, so take everything you see with a grain of salt.
- It makes sense, because they had four or five months more to play their hand, work on the processor, and one-up the competition.
- When you went out with them on a double date, did it seem as if they were trying to one-up each other during the conversation?
- There is also a rugged black coat, the One-Up Sport Coat in leather, in regular sizes.