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“To One-Up Someone”の意味と使い方 Bizmates 初級ビジネス英会話 Point 323

To one-up someone ってどういう意味?

To one-up someone は(人より)「有利に立つ」「優れる」「出し抜く」「一歩先んじて」といった意味の英語表現です。

 

To one-up someoneってどういう場面で使うの?

たとえば、職場での会話で:

Justin:  How do we get more customers?
You: Of course. We’ll need to one-up our competitors

Justin: お客さんを増やすにはどうすればいいでしょう?
You: もちろん、競合より一歩先を行く必要があります。

 

To one-up someone の自然な使い方を動画で学ぶ

こちらの動画で、発音や、会話の中での自然な使い方を、Bizmatesのプレゼンター Justinが解説します。

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Hello everyone! Justin here and welcome
back to another Bizmates for Beginners

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video lesson where every week we
introduced a new idiom, phrase, or

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expression that you can use in your
daily business conversation. This week

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everyone, we are going to learn: To One-Up
(Someone or Something). Alright, so let's

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get started. But first as always, let's do
a quick review of last week's lesson.

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Alright everyone, so imagine I ask you:
When should the other managers join the

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budget meetings? Okay, so they are very
important meetings, there's lots of

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planning involved and you think the
other managers should join right away or

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as soon as possible. So what's the
expression? You've got five seconds.

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Are you ready? Okay go!

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Alright and time is up. If you said: They should

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join off the bat. Then that's exactly
right. Well done and thank you for

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remembering the expression. Okay everyone,
let's move on to: To One Up Someone.

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Now this is what I sometimes hear. Alright,
so I'm talking with my good friend and

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colleague and I asked him: How do we get
more customers? You know we've been

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trying very hard but it is very
difficult, competition is very tough. Taro

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says: Of course. We'll need to be better
than our competitors. Right that's very

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good advice, simple but very helpful. Now
there is another way of saying to be

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better than and that is: We need to
one-up our competitors. To one-up our

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competitors. Okay? So this means to be
better than, or to be ahead of. Okay, so

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for example, we need to one-up our
competitors by making our product more

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effective, for example. Or you might say, I
don't like being

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in meetings with Mr. A because he's
always trying to one-up me. He's always

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trying to be better than me. He's always
competing with me so it's very stressful.

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Okay? So to one-up someone. For example
they are here, you're trying to one-up

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them. You're trying to be better than
them, you're trying to get ahead of them,

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you're trying to defeat them. Okay? So to
one-up your competitors, you need to have

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maybe many strategies. Alright so please
remember this for next time.

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Alright, pronunciation here everyone.
Very simple so please repeat after me.

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To one up. Okay? So we need to one-up our
competitors. Your turn.

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Very good. Alright, now after my
question: So how do we get more customers?

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What do we need to do?

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That's right. So in
order to one-up competitors, maybe we

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need to rethink our price. Maybe we need
to think more about our marketing

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strategy, something like that. Okay? Alright, so please remember that for next

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week's review. Okay everyone, a bonus
question this week is another way to say:

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I am so happy. If you know what the
answer is please leave it in the

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comments below.
If not, then well you can find it in one

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of our previous Bizmates for Beginners
video lessons. Okay, but I will give you a

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hint. Alright, there is a number
involved in this. Okay? The number is nine,

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one two three four five six seven eight
nine. Okay, so that's a hint. Hopefully

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that jogs or refreshes your memory. Okay
everyone, so that is it for us this week.

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Thank you always for watching. Have a
great one everyone and I look forward to

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seeing you next time. Bye bye!

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