raise (one's) game

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raise (one's) game

To increase one's effort or improve one's performance. You can tell that they have really raised their game coming into this championship match. So far he has just looked sloppy, so he'll have to raise his game if he wants to have a shot at winning this tournament.
See also: game, raise
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But, when it goes down to the wire what matters is the ability to raise one's game and put the other team under pressure.
If the performance of the ritual is intended to frighten the opposition into submission, the best response is to raise one's game and beat them.