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raise the bar
To raise the standards of quality that are expected of or required for something. Since higher education became available to a greater number of people, businesses have increasingly been raising the bar for entry-level employees.
raise the specter of (something)
To make people aware of or worry about something unpleasant, dreadful, or terrifying. Primarily heard in US. The sudden dip in stock prices has raised the specter of another global recession with some investors. Throughout the Cold War, politicians raised the specter of Communism and the Iron Curtain over anything they thought to be "un-American."
raise a red flag
To offer a sign or signal indicating potential, incipient, or imminent danger or trouble. Didn't the fact that your accountant used to be a drug dealer raise a red flag or two when you started doing business with him? Well, it definitely raised a red flag when he got so angry at me over such a minor thing, but I never thought he could be so unreasonable to live with!
rise (up) in the world
To elevate or improve one's social, political, and/or financial position in life; to become more successful than one was before. You're only going to truly rise up in the world if you make a point of rubbing elbows with those of a higher social standing. It's unsurprising how quickly Sarah has risen in the world when you consider that her tenacity and determination are only matched by her intelligence and talent. The Robinsons really rose up in the world after they won the lottery.
raise the alarm
1. Literally, to activate an alarm. I think I see smoke coming from the warehouse. Someone run upstairs and raise the alarm!
2. To alert other people about something dangerous, risky, or troublesome. A number of top economic advisors tried to raise the alarm before the economic crash, but no policy makers seemed to heed their warnings.
raise an eyebrow
To show confusion, surprise, concern, or disapproval, either literally (often by actually raising an eyebrow) or figuratively. When I told my mom how much money we would need, she raised an eyebrow and asked me to add it up again. You need to stop coming in late every day—the boss is starting to raise an eyebrow. My grandmother definitely raised an eyebrow when I stopped going to church.
raise (one's) consciousness
To increase one's awareness or understanding of one's own needs or the needs of others. Traveling abroad really raised my consciousness about the plight of the poor around the world.
See also: raise
raise (one's) hand
Literally, to hold one's hand in the air. This phrase is typically used in academic settings, as students raise their hands to indicate that they want to answer or ask a question. Don't yell out the answers, raise your hands! I do raise my hand in class, mom, but the teacher never calls on me!
raise the white flag
To indicate one's surrender, defeat, or submission. All right, I raise the white flag—you win the game. That attack totally decimated us, and we were forced to raise the white flag.
raised by wolves
A set phrase said of one who seems particularly uncouth and/or socially inept. Why are you eating spaghetti with your hands? Were you raised by wolves? He's so rude, it's like he was raised by wolves!
born and raised
Both born and raised in the same particular place; having lived in one's birthplace through one's adolescence. The phrase implies that one's identity has been shaped by the place. I may live in California now, but I'm a Texas gal, born and raised!
cause some raised eyebrows
To elicit shock, surprise, or offense, typically through unconventional actions or words. The phrase typically suggests negative attention or judgment. Her irreverent chatter during the ceremony caused some raised eyebrows. My best friend's pink hair definitely caused some raised eyebrows at our very strict school.
raise (one's) hackles
To greatly irritate, annoy, or aggravate one. The disrespect he showed our professor during class raised my hackles so badly that I had to go take a walk to calm down. The politician has a gift for raising his opponents' hackles during debates.
raise the curtain (on something)
1. To begin or commence (something). It's time to raise the curtain on this new project, everyone, so let's not waste any time! After a few delays, the construction crew was finally ready to raise the curtain.
2. To make (something) publicly known; to reveal or disclose the truth (about something). In an attempt to head off a public relations disaster regarding his acceptance of donations, the governor decided to raise the curtain at a press conference.
raise (some/a few) eyebrows
To elicit shock, surprise, or offense, typically through unconventional actions or words. The phrase typically suggests negative attention or judgment. Her irreverent chatter during the ceremony raised eyebrows. My best friend's pink hair definitely raised a few eyebrows at our very strict school.
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.
raise the stakes
To increase something in pursuit of a better result. A few threats should raise the stakes enough that they finally pay up
raise a stink (about something)
To be very vocal in one's displeasure about something; to make a scene. My mom raised a stink when the store refused to accept her return without a receipt. One of the customers is raising a stink about the service charge we included on his bill.
born and raisedand born and bred
born and nurtured through childhood, usually in a specific place. She was born and raised in a small town in western Montana. Freddy was born and bred on a farm and had no love for city life.
cause (some) eyebrows to raise and cause some raised eyebrows
Fig. to shock people; to surprise and dismay people. (The same as raise some eyebrows.) John caused eyebrows to raise when he married a woman half his age. If you want to cause some eyebrows to raise, just start singing as you walk down the street.
raise the bar
Fig. to make a task a little more difficult. (As with raising the bar in high jumping or pole vaulting.) Just as I was getting accustomed to my job, the manager raised the bar and I had to perform even better.
raised in a barn
brought up to behave like a barnyard animal; having crude behavior. Close the door behind you! Were you raised in a barn? Don't wipe your nose on your sleeve. Were you raised in a barn?
cause raised eyebrows
Also, raise eyebrows. Cause surprise or disapproval, as in At school his purple hair usually causes raised eyebrows. This transfer of a physical act (raising one's eyebrows) to the feelings it may express took place in the early 1900s. Lytton Strachey used the term in The Eminent Victorians (1918): "The most steady-going churchman hardly raises an eyebrow at it now."
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]
raise the stakes
To increase one's commitment or involvement.