Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

take it (up/down) a notch

take it up a notchtake it down a notch
Meaning(s)
1) increase/decrease intensity or effort
  • How to MemorizePopularity MediumProfessional MediumSocial
    • really take things up a notch
  • Analysis

    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.

  • Social Examples (Advance)
    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.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    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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