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Toward, at, or on the rear part of a stage.
1. Of or relating to the rear part of a stage.
2. Informal Haughty; aloof.
The rear part of a stage, away from the audience.
tr.v. (ŭp-stāj′) up·staged, up·stag·ing, up·stag·es
1. To distract attention from (another performer) by moving upstage, thus forcing the other performer to face away from the audience.
2. To divert attention or praise from; force out of the spotlight: a vice president who repeatedly tried to upstage the president.
3. To treat haughtily.
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(Theatre) on, at, or to the rear of the stage
1. (Theatre) of or relating to the back half of the stage
2. informal haughty; supercilious; aloof
3. (Theatre) to move upstage of (another actor), thus forcing him or her to turn away from the audience
4. informal to draw attention to oneself from (someone else); steal the show from (someone)
5. informal to treat haughtily
(Theatre) the back half of the stage
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
adv., adj., v. -staged, -stag•ing,
1. at or toward the back of the stage.adj.
2. of, pertaining to, or located at the back of the stage.
3. haughtily aloof; supercilious.v.t.
a. to move upstage of (another actor), forcing him or her to act with back to the audience.
b. to draw attention away from (another actor) by some activity.
5. to outdo professionally, socially, etc.
6. to behave snobbishly toward.n.
7. the rear half of the stage.
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Past participle: upstaged
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The rear area of a stage, away from the audience.
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|Noun||1.||upstage - the rear part of the stage|
part, portion - something less than the whole of a human artifact; "the rear part of the house"; "glue the two parts together"
stage - a large platform on which people can stand and can be seen by an audience; "he clambered up onto the stage and got the actors to help him into the box"
|Verb||1.||upstage - treat snobbishly, put in one's place|
|2.||upstage - move upstage, forcing the other actors to turn away from the audience|
|3.||upstage - steal the show, draw attention to oneself away from someone else; "When the dog entered the stage, he upstaged the actress"|
outshine - attract more attention and praise than others; "This film outshone all the others in quality"
|Adj.||1.||upstage - of the back half of a stage; "she crossed to the upstage chair forcing the lead to turn his back to the audience"|
downstage - of the front half of a stage
|2.||upstage - remote in manner; "stood apart with aloof dignity"; "a distant smile"; "he was upstage with strangers"|
reserved - marked by self-restraint and reticence; "was habitually reserved in speech, withholding her opinion"-Victoria Sackville-West
|Adv.||1.||upstage - at or toward the rear of the stage; "the dancers were directed to move upstage"|
downstage - at or toward the front of the stage; "the actors moved further and further downstage"
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verb outshine, top, eclipse, overshadow, surpass, transcend, outstrip, outdo, outclass, be superior to, be head and shoulders above, leave or put in the shade He had a younger brother who always publicly upstaged him.
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002
A. ADV (Theat) to be upstage → estar en el fondo del escenario
to go upstage → ir hacia el fondo del escenario
to go upstage → ir hacia el fondo del escenario
B. VT to upstage sb (fig) → eclipsar a algn
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adv (Theat) → im Hintergrund der Bühne; (with movement) → in den Bühnenhintergrund; upstage centre/left/right → im mittleren/linken/rechten Bühnenhintergrund; (with movement) → in den mittleren/linken/rechten Bühnenhintergrund
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