Toward, at, or on the rear part of a stage.
1. Of or relating to the rear part of a stage.
2. Informal Haughty; aloof.
The rear part of a stage, away from the audience.
tr.v. (ŭp-stāj) up·staged, up·stag·ing, up·stag·es
1. To distract attention from (another performer) by moving upstage, thus forcing the other performer to face away from the audience.
2. To divert attention or praise from; force out of the spotlight: a vice president who repeatedly tried to upstage the president.
3. To treat haughtily.
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