take it (up/down) a notch


1. increase/decrease intensity or effort






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really take things up a notch

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A 'notch' is an indentation or a mark usually used to measure time or achievements. When you 'take something up or down a notch', it means to increase or decrease something like turning the volume up or down on a stereo. This is a casual idiomatic expression used in social and professional contexts.

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  1. The manager was not happy with the team's performance and told them that they needed to take it up a notch in the second half.
  2. Adding chili powder to the omelette really took it up a notch. My mouth felt as though it was on fire!
  3. The mother told her screaming child to take it down a notch because the noise was driving her mad.

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  1. We have plans for a marketing campaign which will take our customer engagement up a notch or two.
  2. The wording in this article is very aggressive, could we take it down a notch?

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