Meaning of “up the ante” in the English Dictionary

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"up the ante" in British English

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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)

"up the ante" in American English

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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)