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Definition someone who recently acquired power (or acts as though they did), and disrespects others
  • I move toward the young upstart, and he retreats.
    Katherine Applegate  --  The One and Only Ivan
upstart = someone who recently acquired power (or acts as though they did), and disrespects others
  • A black shroud fell over her vision and she lost consciousness, giving Redd the only advantage she needed to put an end to the upstart princess.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • She says to Miss Barry, I hear a certain upstart from the lanes walked away from the post office exam.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela's Ashes
  • Now here were these foreigner upstarts unmasking religion!
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • Kill this upstart for me, the Emperor was saying.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • The upstart pretensions of a young woman without family, connections, or fortune.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • Gaea hates you above all others ... except perhaps for that upstart Jason Grace.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • You've always been an upstart, and you've always been against me.'
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • I said, "Listen, you upstart collection of semi-conductors, you are merely a minister-without-portfolio while I am Minister of Defense.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • As much as I dislike certain upstart demigods, it would not do for Olympus to fall.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • In medical school I have been befriended by an upstart neurologist, who believes I am acting out a great lifelong falsehood.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • The artist's a young upstart who wants to be a rock star or something, but he's the rage and everyone will be there.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Even with a much more concealing mask, she would have recognized the upstart.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • In the French revolution of July 1830, and in the English reform agitation, these aristocracies again succumbed to the hateful upstart.
    Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels  --  The Communist Manifesto
  • I have quite a horror of upstarts.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • Upstarting, he laid back his ears and eyed her.
    Zane Grey  --  Riders of the Purple Sage
  • 'By putting an upstart's hire in his pocket?' said Gowan, frowning.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • It was just all the upstarts who had turned the world on its head and unsettled the ways of decent living.
    Flannery O'Connor  --  A Good Man is Hard to Find AND OTHER STORIES
  • Bad enough mortals won our war for us, but then that young upstart, Percy Jackson—".
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • What would a lord say—yes, or any other person of whatever condition —if he caught an upstart peasant with a dagger on his person?
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

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