ante up

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v ante up cancel or discharge a debt "pay up, please!"
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Idioms

Up the ante - If you up the ante, you increase the importance or value of something, especially where there's an element of risk as the term comes from gambling, where it means to increase the stake (the amount of money bet).
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Usage

In literature:

These are the jaws of the ant-lion, lying in wait to gobble up the first passer-by.
"Little Busybodies" by Jeanette Augustus Marks and Julia Moody
All the way home Griselda felt in a fever of impatience to rush up to the ante-room and see if the cuckoo was all right again.
"The Cuckoo Clock" by Mrs. Molesworth
It would be worth our while to ante up something handsome, if you think it could be done.
"Bert Wilson on the Gridiron" by J. W. Duffield
And that is the way the ants lay up their winter provisions.
"Harper's Young People, June 15, 1880" by Various
Only with me it's like ants crawling up and down my back.
"Out of the Depths" by Robert Ames Bennet
The ants climb up the bushes, and run out on the leaves.
"Harper's Young People, October 19, 1880" by Various
When he woke up, he was ready to go back home and tell the ant about his trip.
"FreeChildrenStories.com Collection" by Daniel Errico
The ant seemed anxious to take advantage of it, for it went to it and climbed up the stalk.
"The Industries of Animals" by Frédéric Houssay
The ants were quite nasty at being interfered with, and one of them crawled up Beryl's arm.
"The Flamp, The Ameliorator, and The Schoolboy's Apprentice" by E. V. Lucas
Up town in Harvey, the ants also were busy.
"In the Heart of a Fool" by William Allen White
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In poetry:

There once were two ants in Westphalia
Who wanted to go to Australia.
But cursing their feet
In a Belgian street
They gave up the trip as a failya.
"The Ants" by Joachim Ringelnatz
So, lads, put on your stoppers, and let us to the hut,
Where we'll gather round and have a friendly game,
While some are playing music and some play ante up,
And some are gazing outwards at the rain.
"Another Fall of Rain" by Anonymous Oceania
Dame Spider had spun herself lank and thin
With trying to take her neighbors in;
Grasshopper had traveled so far and so fast
That he found he must give up at last;
And the maiden Ant had bustled about
The village till she was all worn out.
"Camping Out" by Clara Doty Bates

In news:

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. A builder accused for years of ripping people off is upping the ante, allegedly using the name of a legitimate building business to get jobs.
Stephen Colbert, the comedian who took a dig at Windsor, Ontario, in his new book, upped the ante on his late night show Wednesday night, when he called out the CBC and other Canadian media for being offended at a certain comment.
Hotels up the ante with ' drip ' pricing fees.
So enter the ELF , a three-wheeled, electrically assisted velomobile that ups the ante with solar panels.
The company upped the ante in February 2012, sponsoring a "Pwnium" contest that sought "fully functional exploits " -- and awarded big sums to those who found them.
State party leaders ante up funds for legislative races.
Impact Foods, an official partner of the World Food Program, has upped the ante this December by feeding two children for every bag sold.
We upped this week's prize ante to celebrate the 100th Name That Shifter contest, and upped the typical NTS difficulty level accordingly.
Smash continues to up the ante for its second season.
Lowe's and The Home Depot up the energy efficiency ante, but will their efforts really be great for the green tech movement.
Magician Aaron Radatz will up the ante of this year's "Fright Fest" at Darien Lake.
Best Buy Offers Founder More Time to Ante Up.
Matt Meola, Albee Layer, and more return to the Isle and up the ante in Episode 2 more.
Mammoth Mountain Ski Area has done it again: opened up a new restaurant and upped the ante for a pleasant dining experience.
Dell, Nimble , GreenBytes and NetApp Up the Ante to Support VDI.
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In science:

Messor was inspired by the notion of a swarm of ants that wander around the network picking up and dropping off load.
Balanced Overlay Networks (BON): Decentralized Load Balancing via Self-Organized Random Networks
We’ll consider the betting up to this point as an ante a, and that each player has the ability to make a single bet of size b.
Quantized Poker
Once upon a time, in a charming and peaceful little valley, a grasshopper sat under the shade of a sunflower, idly strumming up a tune, when a young worker ant came into view.
Interplay between Network Topology and Dynamics in Neural Systems
As part of phasing out over the next two weeks, I added more documentation regarding testing, created a short video for setting-up Eclipse to run the test suite for FreeCol and fixed the Ant build-scripts to execute the test cases for those not using Eclipse.
Introducing Automated Regression Testing in Open Source Projects
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