upstages, upstaging, upstaged
1) ADV: ADV after v, be ADV, prep ADV When an actor is upstage or moves upstage, he or she is or moves towards the back part of the stage. [TECHNICAL]

Upstage and right of centre, Robert Morris stands with his back to the audience...

Position a camera upstage...

They slowly moved from upstage left into the centre.

Upstage is also an adjective.

...the large upstage box that Noble used for his 1990 production of King Lear.

2) VERB If someone upstages you, they draw attention away from you by being more attractive or interesting.

[V n] He had a younger brother who always publicly upstaged him...

[V n] He upstages her by flirting with other women.


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