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ante

the gaming stake put up before the deal in poker by the players
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The missiles were pulled back to their home base after the drills, but the deployment clearly served as a demonstration of the military's readiness to quickly raise the ante in case of crisis.
Modi will have to start talking sooner than later in the interest of peace rather than patting his military commanders on the back to consistently raise the ante against Pakistan.
After looking last month at the top-selling brands priced $20 and higher, we decided to raise the ante this month and focus on domestic wines priced $40 and higher per bottle.