raise the ante

Definition of raise the ante

  1. 1 :  to raise the cost or price The popular actor first demanded twice the salary offered him but then kept raising the ante.

  2. 2 :  to increase the risk or possible harm that could result from something —often + on The new law raises the ante on people who cheat on their taxes.

  3. 3 :  to set a higher standard or goal —often + on The film raises the ante on special effects.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to cause or help to rise to a standing position

    :  awaken, arouse

    :  to stir up :  incite

  1. :  an act of raising or lifting

    :  a rising stretch of road :  an upward grade :  rise

    :  an increase in amount: such as

  1. :  a poker stake usually put up before the deal to build the pot

    :  cost, price

    :  risk, stakes

  1. :  to put up (an ante)

    :  pay, produce

    :  pay up

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