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raise the ante

To increase something in pursuit of a better result, often one related to money. I'm just going to threaten them a little and raise the ante so that they finally pay up. Sellers have raised the ante in this area so much that first-time buyers can no longer afford it.
See also: ante, raise

raise the ante

Increase the price or cost of something, as in We'd hoped to invest in some land, but they've raised the ante and now we can't afford it . This term alludes to the ante or stakes of gambling. [Slang; late 1800s]
See also: ante, raise

raise/up the ˈante

increase the level of something, especially demands or sums of money: His ex-wife has upped the ante in her alimony suit against him.
The ante is the amount of money that players bet in a card game such as poker.
See also: ante, raise, up
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When the going gets tough, you have to raise the ante and Liverpool have done that by completing the signing of young Czech international Milan Baros as well as agreeing to bring the talented Nicolas Anelka to Anfield to provide some alternative fire power up front.
After that impressive season (third-best in UCLA history), the Bruins attempted to raise the ante in their recruiting - and lost the bet.
This will raise the ante to keep them in the classroom, to retain teachers for the long haul,'' she said.
Many lack the resources needed to stay abreast of these developments and satisfy new testing and certification requirements that raise the ante for securing access to export markets.
People write down their bids, and someone else can raise the ante, the last person on the list can buy the prize.
It can also raise the ante for individual performance.