The second upped the ante, taking aim at “cray,” “jelly,” “literally,” “teehee,” and “totes.”
Earlier Friday, Assange announced plans to talk the crowds from the window of the embassy, thus upping the ante once more.
In the first Hangover, it was my idea to do it naked because it served the story and raised the ante.
1838 (n.), 1846 (v.), American English poker slang, apparently from Latin ante "before," from PIE *anti "facing opposite, near, in front of, before" (cf. Sanskrit antah "end, border, boundary," Hittite hanti "opposite," Greek anta, anten "opposite," anti "over against, opposite, before;" Old Lithuanian anta "on to;" Gothic anda "along;" Old English and- "against;" German ent- "along, against"), from root *ant- "front, forehead."
word-forming element meaning "before, in front of; previous, existing beforehand; introductory to," from Latin ante (prep. and adv.) "before, in front of, opposite," used in combinations, from PIE *anti "facing opposite, near, in front of, before" (see ante).
Prior to; earlier: antenatal.
In front of; before: antebrachium.