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English adjective: upstage

1. upstage of the back half of a stage

SamplesShe crossed to the upstage chair forcing the lead to turn his back to the audience.


2. upstage remote in manner

SamplesStood apart with aloof dignity.
A distant smile.
He was upstage with strangers.

Synonymsaloof, distant



English noun: upstage

1. upstage (artifact) the rear part of the stage

Broader (hypernym)part, portion

Part meronymstage

English adverb: upstage

1. upstage at or toward the rear of the stage

SamplesThe dancers were directed to move upstage.

Domain categorydramatic art, dramatics, dramaturgy, theater, theatre


English verb: upstage

1. upstage (social) treat snobbishly, put in one's place

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)do by, handle, treat

2. upstage (motion) move upstage, forcing the other actors to turn away from the audience

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)displace, move

3. upstage (competition) steal the show, draw attention to oneself away from someone else

SamplesWhen the dog entered the stage, he upstaged the actress.

ExamplesSam cannot upstage Sue

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)outshine

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