be one up on someone


be one up on someone
be/get/one up on someone informal phrase
to have or get an advantage over someone, usually by being better than they are at something

He and his brothers are always trying to get one up on each other.

Thesaurus: to be the best or better than someone elsesynonym
Main entry: one

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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