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British pronunciation/tˈeɪk ˌɛstˌiːˈeɪtʃ ˌʌp ɐ nˈɒtʃ/
American pronunciation/tˈeɪk ˌɛstˌiːˈeɪtʃ ˌʌp ɐ nˈɑːtʃ/
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to add to the quality or intensity of something

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to [take] {sth} up a notch definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "take something up a notch" and when to use it?

The idiom "take something up a notch" is derived from the idea of adjusting or increasing the level or intensity of something by moving it higher on a scale or dial. The word "notch" in this context refers to a small groove or indentation on a scale, like those found on a thermometer or volume control. By moving something "up a notch," you are elevating or intensifying it. This phrase is mainly used to describe the act of improving or making something more intense or extreme.

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To make the presentation more engaging, they decided to take the visuals up a notch with multimedia elements.
The team needs to take their performance up a notch to win the championship.
He wanted to take his fitness routine up a notch by incorporating more challenging exercises.
You may think your barbecue sauce recipe is good now, but trust me, this spice blend takes things up a notch.
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