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ante

 [an´te] (L.)
preposition, before.
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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.
and the EU sought to raise the ante on Russia to engage in meaningful talks.
Apparently Israel's threat to bomb Iran's nuclear facilities remains a serious option, even though such an attack would have only a limited effect and would provoke Iran to raise the ante against Israel.
Israel will continue to raise the ante for as long as American administrations are willing to succumb to its wishes.
I'll raise the ante on this Mrs Frosty Knickers being (a) a total stranger to regular worship and thus (b) unaware that the adult Jesus kept strange company.