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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

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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BackgammonMasters raised the ante by offering to match $5 on every $1 in the spirit of good will efforts made by companies such as PokerStars who offered to match dollar for dollar.
The pirates raised the ante by steering a German ship to the scene.
Madison Avenue has tightened its purse strings, and cable networks like USA, FX and Turner's TBS and TNT have raised the ante by outbidding broadcast nets for the first play of high-visibility theatricals.
BRILLIANT Bees raised the ante on their early-season title talk with a magnificent victory against the odds at Arlington.
It raised the ante in December 1996 by opening the Ontario Mills 30, 50 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.
Although the iPhone hasn't had an expansionary impact in the market, the iPhone has quickly assumed a leading market share position and raised the ante for smart devices," according to Mr.
BILLY HAMILL raised the ante on his Grand Prix title bid in Poland on Saturday night with a helping hand from World Championship leader Mark Loram.
This week, Arum, with help from Time-Warner, HBO's parent company, raised the ante to $11 million and lowered the number of buys to 850,000.
NYSE:HET) and Keppel Land raised the ante today in their bid for the integrated resort project at Marina Bay in Singapore, joining forces with Hollywood legend and Academy Award(R) winner James Cameron to create "iPort" -- an immersive indoor entertainment experience.
Fergal Hartley and Ken McGrath raised the ante considerably for Gerald McCarthy's side who peeled off scores to eat into Cork's lead.
The Winnipeg Jets raised the ante twice while the Ducks sat here idle and when the Ducks' turn finally came Thursday against the Stars, they folded their hand.