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one′ up′

having gained an advantage, esp. over a rival.


v.t. -upped, -up•ping.
to gain an advantage over; be a move, step, etc., ahead of: to one-up the competition.
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With Mexican Logger we took a beer style we loved, one-upped it a bit, and threw a craft spin on it to make it our own.
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This prominent international fashion house first opened its doors in 1980, and since then the wunderkinds at Jovani have continuously one-upped themselves with each new groundbreaking collection.
By winning here I have maybe one-upped Brandon this week.
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