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kick it up a notch

verb phrase

to make something more exciting, intense, or interesting, as a food dish or a social gathering

Examples

kick it up a notch with fresh garlic

Word Origin

1990s+; fr chef Emeril Lagasse

Usage Note

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kick it up a notch

verb phrase

To make something more exciting, intense, or interesting, as a food dish or a social gathering: He's adding garlic to kick it up a notch/ She broke out the martini ingredients to kick it up a notch

[1990s+; fr chef Emeril Lagasse, whose other catch phrases are ''BAM!'' ''Feel the love,'' and ''Oh yeah, babe'']


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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