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up the ante

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up the ante

verb phrase

To raise the price, offer, sum in question, etc; increase; make a higher demand: I think I may up the ante to a cool fifty/ The trader decides to up the ante

[1970s+; fr the ante in poker, which gives one the right to take part]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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