raise the ante
Definition of raise the ante
1 : to raise the cost or price The popular actor first demanded twice the salary offered him but then kept raising the ante.
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 : to set a higher standard or goal —often + on The film raises the ante on special effects.
Word by Word Definitions
: to cause or help to rise to a standing position
: awaken, arouse
: to stir up : incite
: an act of raising or lifting
: a rising stretch of road : an upward grade : rise
: an increase in amount: such as
: a poker stake usually put up before the deal to build the pot
: cost, price
: risk, stakes
: to put up (an ante)
: pay, produce
: pay up
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