up the ante
Definition of up the ante
1 : to raise the cost or price The popular actor first demanded twice the salary offered him but then kept upping the ante.
2 : to increase the risk or possible harm that could result from something —often + on The new law ups the ante on people who cheat on their taxes.
3 : to set a higher standard or goal —often + on The film ups the ante on special effects.
Word by Word Definitions
: in or into a higher position or level
: away from the center of the earth
: from beneath the ground or water to the surface
: risen above the horizon
: being out of bed
: used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of
: up into or in the
: in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of
: one in a high or advantageous position
: an upward slope
: a period or state of prosperity or success
: to rise from a lying or sitting position
: to move upward : ascend
: used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated
: 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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