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one′ up′(adj.)

  1. having gained an advantage, esp. over a rival.

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one′-up′(v.t.)-upped, -up•ping.

  1. to gain an advantage over; be a move, step, etc., ahead of:

    to one-up the competition.

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  1. one-up(Noun)

    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.

  2. one-up(Verb)

    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.

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