ante up

ante

[an-tee]
noun
1.
Poker. a fixed but arbitrary stake put into the pot by each player before the deal.
2.
an amount of money paid in advance to insure an individual's share in a joint business venture.
3.
Informal. an individual's share of the total expenses incurred by a group.
4.
Informal. the price or cost of something.
verb (used with object), anted or anteed, anteing.
5.
Poker. to put (one's initial stake) into the pot.
6.
to produce or pay (one's share) (usually followed by up ): He anted up his half of the bill.
verb (used without object), anted or anteed, anteing.
7.
Poker. to put one's initial stake into the pot.
8.
Informal. to pay (usually followed by up ).

Origin:
1830–40, Americanism; independent use of ante-

ante, ante-, anti-, auntie.
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ante (ˈæntɪ)
 
n
1.  the gaming stake put up before the deal in poker by the players
2.  informal a sum of money representing a person's share, as in a syndicate
3.  informal up the ante to increase the costs, risks, or considerations involved in taking an action or reaching a conclusion: whenever they reached their goal, they upped the ante by setting more complex challenges for themselves
 
vb , -tes, -teing, -ted, -teed
4.  to place (one's stake) in poker
5.  informal chiefly (US) (usually foll by up) to pay

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ante
1838 (n.), 1846 (v.), Amer.Eng. poker slang, apparently from L. ante "before," from PIE *anti "facing opposite, near, in front of, before" (cf. Skt. antah "end, border, boundary," Hittite hanti "opposite," Gk. anta, anten "opposite," anti "over against, opposite, before;" O.Lith. anta "on to;" Goth.
anda "along;" O.E. and- "against;" Ger. ent- "along, against").
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ante- pref.

  1. Prior to; earlier: antenatal.

  2. In front of; before: antebrachium.

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ante definition

[ˈænti]
  1. n.
    an amount of money that must be contributed before playing certain card games such as poker. (See also penny-ante.) : That's a pretty high ante. Forget it!
  2. n.
    the charge or cost. : What's the ante for a used 1985 four-door?
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Idioms & Phrases

ante up

Pay what is due, contribute; by extension, do one's share. For example, The trustees were asked to ante up $10,000 each for the new scholarship, or Tired of watching Joe sit around while they cleaned up, the roommates told him to ante up or move out. This expression comes from poker and other betting games, where to ante signifies making a bet or contribution to the pot before the cards are dealt. It was being used more loosely by the mid-1800s. Also see raise the ante.

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