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Meaning of “up the ante” in the English Dictionary

"up the ante" in British English

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up the ante

If you up the ante, you ​increaseyourdemands or the ​risks in a ​situation in ​order to ​achieve a ​betterresult: 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)

"up the ante" in American English

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up the ante

(also raise the ante) to ​increaseyourrisks or ​demands in ​order to get a ​greateradvantage: The ​governorupped 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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