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ante up

1. Said as an imperative at the start of a round of poker when each player contributes money to the total that the winner will receive. Ante up, so we can start playing.
2. To pay money for something, often begrudgingly. I can't believe we have to ante up $25 a piece just to see a movie. You lost the bet, so ante up!
3. To fund a particular project or goal. So many donors anted up for our fundraiser that we can repair the school's heating system and the gymnasium.
See also: ante, up

penny ante

Having little or no significance or worth. They seem to think this penny ante increase to the minimum wage is some kind of massive victory that will change everyone's lives for the better. My wife always comes back from our vacations with a bag full of penny ante trinkets that get thrown out a year later.
See also: ante, penny

raise the ante

To increase the level of something, often one related to money. I'm going to raise the ante and threaten them a little 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

up the ante

1. To raise the stakes in a betting game. I didn't planning on betting so much until Jason upped the ante on us.
2. To increase the level of something, often one related to money. I'm just going to threaten them a little and up the ante so that they finally pay up. Sellers have upped the ante in this area so much that first-time buyers can no longer afford it.
See also: ante, up

up the ante

 and raise the ante 
1. Fig. to raise the opening stakes in a betting game. Pete upped the ante on that the poker game to $100 per hand. Don't up the ante any more. You're betting far too much money already.
2. Fig. to increase a price. (Fig. on {2}.) Sensing how keen the people looking at the house were, Jerry upped the ante another $5,000. "Don't try to up the ante on us," said the man, "We know what the asking price is."
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ante up

Pay what is due, contribute; by extension, do one's share. For example, The trustees were asked to ante up $10,000 each for the new scholarship, or Tired of watching Joe sit around while they cleaned up, the roommates told him to ante up or move out . This expression comes from poker and other betting games, where to ante signifies making a bet or contribution to the pot before the cards are dealt. It was being used more loosely by the mid-1800s. Also see raise the ante.
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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

up the ante

COMMON
1. In an argument or contest, if you up the ante, you increase the demands that you are making or the risks that you are taking. Note: In card games such as poker, the ante is the amount of money which each player must place on the table before the game begins. The secretary of state last night upped the ante by refusing to accept the election results. Whenever they reached their goal, they upped the ante, setting increasingly complex challenges for themselves. Note: You can also say that you raise the ante. These judges have raised the ante by challenging the authority of the Chief Justice.
2. If you are gambling or investing money in something and you up the ante, you increase the amount of money you are offering. Note: In card games such as poker, the ante is the amount of money which each player must place on the table before the game begins. Its network television division upped the ante by paying an estimated $2 million a year for an overall deal. Note: You can also say that you raise the ante. My defeat came when I was unable to persuade my backer to raise the ante.
See also: ante, up

up (or raise) the ante

increase what is at stake or under discussion, especially in a conflict or dispute.
Ante comes from Latin, in which it means ‘before’. As an English noun it was originally (in the early 19th century) a term in poker and similar gambling games, meaning ‘a stake put up by a player before drawing cards’.
1998 New Scientist This report ups the ante on the pace at which these cases need to be identified and treated.
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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

ante up

v.
1. To put some amount into the pool at the beginning of a round in poker or a similar card game: Everyone should ante up $1 to start the game. It may be your last dollar, but you'll have to ante it up! We must ante up before the cards are dealt.
2. To provide some funds or capital: The fundraisers anted up $10,000 for the charity.
3. To pay some amount of money, often reluctantly: Travelers are forced to ante up $5 for a candy bar at the airport. Can you imagine having to ante money up to use the restroom?
See also: ante, up

ante

(ˈænti)
1. n. an amount of money that must be contributed before playing certain card games such as poker. (see also penny-ante.) That’s a pretty high ante. Forget it!
2. n. the charge or cost. What’s the ante for a used 1985 four-door?

penny-ante

mod. trivial; cheap. (see also ante.) I’m sick of this penny-ante stuff. Let’s get serious.
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Esa conclusion es que si no cambian las preferencias de liquidez del publico (distinto de los inversionistas empresariales) y de los bancos, cualquier exceso de la financiacion requerida para la produccion corriente ex ante (no escribo "inversion" porque igual sucede en toda produccion que se deba planear de antemano), con respecto a la financiacion liberada por la produccion corriente ex post, inducira un aumento de la tasa de interes; si fuese menor induciria una reduccion.
If they form a pool, they offer an ex ante agreement to the developer.
Unicamente le resta esperar que los panamenos tropiecen ante Estados Unidos.
Finalmente, no quisiera terminar el presente escrito sin antes conminar al senor Calderon a que, si no puede, renuncie.
color) Chivas players celebrate with teammate Ante Razov, left, after Razov's second goal of the game Thursday.
En Hamburgo, Alemania, Fox expreso ante ejecutivos que no se gravarian nuevos impuestos.
Con significado temporal, tan legitimo es el uso del antes y el despues con "de" como sin ella.
Aunque la entrega fisica del inmueble se concreto en diciembre de 2003, he realizado tal cantidad de tramites ante el Infonavit para la escrituracion, visitado tantas oficinas indicadas por el propio instituto, interpuesto tantos escritos --incluyendo una demanda ante la Profeco de Toluca-- y realizado tan grande cantidad de gastos en cada uno de los procedimientos, que no tengo mas remedio que realizar esta denuncia y exigir publicamente a las autoridades responsables resolver el caso cuanto antes.
Ante todo, Montaner le sale al paso a las teorias racistas que propugnan que ciertos pueblos no estan dotados biologicamente de la capacidad para situarse en el peloton de vanguardia del desarrollo.
Se despidio la seleccion mexicana de su aficion ya ya se encuentra en territorio europeo, lista para cerrar su ultima etapa de preparacion antes del debut mundialista el 11 de junio ante su par de Surafrica.
Y hablando de prefijos, tengo que recordar que a veces se confunden "ante" y "anti", olvidando que "ante" indica anterioridad y equivale a antes, y "anti" es "lo opuesto" y equivale a contra.
Razov sharp: Former UCLA All-American Ante Razov enjoyed a fruitful homecoming, scoring twice - his 85th and 86th career MLS goals - to lead Chivas USA in a 3-0 rout of Real Salt Lake.
Estrictamente nada, porque si ante las exigencias abrumadoras el mas alto funcionario decide no contestar, se acabo la diversion.
The grant will fund the development of the Company's ante mortem (living) test for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), commonly referred to as mad cow disease.