upstage

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj upstage remote in manner "stood apart with aloof dignity","a distant smile","he was upstage with strangers"
    • adj upstage of the back half of a stage "she crossed to the upstage chair forcing the lead to turn his back to the audience"
    • adv upstage at or toward the rear of the stage "the dancers were directed to move upstage"
    • v upstage steal the show, draw attention to oneself away from someone else "When the dog entered the stage, he upstaged the actress"
    • v upstage move upstage, forcing the other actors to turn away from the audience
    • v upstage treat snobbishly, put in one's place
    • n upstage the rear part of the stage
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Usage

In literature:

Say, listen, why do you always upstage me?
"Merton of the Movies" by Harry Leon Wilson
One perceived, dimly, a high sombre draping, very far upstage.
"Nights in London" by Thomas Burke
A similar door, opening into the bedroom of the shack, upstage right.
"Fifty Contemporary One-Act Plays" by Various
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In news:

They're about to get upstaged.
The truck will hit the road for Upstage Video, a new events technology and creative services partner focused on delivering services to the event and touring markets.
Tamir Hendelman Trio from The Upstage in Port Townsend.
How Elizabeth Warren Can Upstage Clint Eastwood.
Is Obama trying to upstage Romney on Israel.
GOP's V-word police upstage bridge coup.
Kentucky "Childcats" upstage Florida's Senior Day.
Truck fire doesn't upstage appearance by Groh, Beamer.
Fashion Imagery That Can Upstage the Clothes.
(AP) — Seth Doege was upstaged by Collin Klein in a matchup of Heisman Trophy contenders.
And sometimes he gets upstaged.
Anna (Celia Schaefer), the winsome nuclear-arms regulator, stands upstage right.
NEW YORK — David Mamet 's return to Broadway has been upstaged — by David Mamet .
When it comes to physical humor, it's hard to upstage the Brits on their own turf.
Who knew that you could upstage a Beatle.
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