raise the ante


: to raise the cost or price
The popular actor first demanded twice the salary offered him but then kept raising the ante.
: 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.
: to set a higher standard or goal
often + on
The film raises the ante on special effects.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web This time, the Jets would have to raise the ante to 120% of this year’s tag, as per the terms of the collective bargaining agreement, which would come to $12.734 million, which still would almost be less than Maye’s asking price. J.p. Pelzman, Forbes, 3 Nov. 2021

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“Raise the ante.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raise%20the%20ante. Accessed 3 Jun. 2023.

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