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up the ante

If you up the ante, you increase your demands or the risks in a situation in order to achieve a better result: The government has upped the ante by refusing to negotiate until a ceasefire has been agreed .
(Definition of up the ante from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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up the ante

(also raise the ante)
to increase your risks or demands in order to get a greater advantage: The governor upped the ante in her war of words with the mayor, by calling him "dangerous" for the city.
(Definition of up the ante from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “up the ante”
in Chinese (Simplified) 增加赌注, 提高要求, 提高风险…
in Chinese (Traditional) 增加賭注, 提高要求, 提高風險…
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