en-verb|ups the ante|upping the ante|upped the ante|upped the ante
- poker To raise the stakes of a hand of poker
#: With three aces and two jacks, he thought it was safe to up the ante.
- idiom To make something more desirable.
#: ''The school system cannot raise teachers salaries, so they are providing better benefits as an effort to up the ante.
sweeten the pot