up the ante

idiom

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 + onThe new law ups the ante on people who cheat on their taxes.
3 : to set a higher standard or goal often + onThe film ups the ante on special effects.

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“Up the ante.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/up%20the%20ante. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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