up the ante

idiom

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.

Examples of up the ante in a Sentence

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“Up the ante.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/up%20the%20ante. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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