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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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Raising the ante, Netanyahu now wants the Palestinians to recognise Israel as a Jewish state before any talks could begin, but neglected to mention the illegal Israeli colonies and other serious issues dividing the two people.
This is done primarily by raising the ante and making it harder for the opponent to stay in the game with a weak or mediocre hand.
The card game of poker takes on intimidating dimensions when two players keep raising the ante to force the opponent to fold, only to have the stakes grow too high for either to pull out.
The latter pair were accompanied by Brian Murphy and looked the weaker, with Tincknell frequently raising the ante by only EUR1,000.
Zeckendorf began raising the ante, but stopped at $12.
Canadian Club is also raising the ante with a special edition poker bottle, available in the retail trade between May and July, 2005.
Smart e-Money, being a global pioneer in the mobile money domain, is well positioned to be more aggressive in raising the ante and in becoming the leader in enabling, engaging and empowering its target consumers," PLDT chair Manuel V.
So has ESPN taken leave of its senses by raising the ante at precisely the time when Madison Avenue's love affair with Kobe Bryant, Allan Iverson and a rejuvenated Michael Jordan has begun to grow cold?
The bidding was protracted largely because both men insisted on raising the ante at only Irpounds 500 a time once the price neared Irpounds 20,000.