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ante

the gaming stake put up before the deal in poker by the players
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"Embarrassing the Chinese doesn't work, and this raises the ante." Lewis said the new comments suggest the US military could disrupt hackers from China or elsewhere if they are involved in "attacks that could cost American lives or could do significant damage to the economy." "The military has a new role and it strikes me as legitimate," Lewis said.
THERE'S never been a question about Land Rover's ability to build rough, tough and ready off-roaders, but to enter into the competitive fashion stakes really raises the ante.
THERE'S never been a question over Land Rover's ability to build rough, tough, ready-for action off-roaders but to enter into the highly competitive fashion stakes really raises the ante.