take sth up a notch
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British pronunciation/tˈeɪk ˌɛstˌiːˈeɪtʃ ˌʌp ɐ nˈɒtʃ/
American pronunciation/tˈeɪk ˌɛstˌiːˈeɪtʃ ˌʌp ɐ nˈɑːtʃ/

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.

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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