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Kick it up a notch

verb phrase

to make something more exciting, intense, or interesting, as a food dish or a social gathering

kick it up a notch with fresh garlic
Word Origin

1990s+; fr chef Emeril Lagasse
Usage Note


verb phrase

To make something more exciting, intense, or interesting, as a food dish or a social gathering: He’s adding garlic to kick it up a notch/ She broke out the martini ingredients to kick it up a notch

[1990s+; fr chef Emeril Lagasse, whose other catch phrases are ”BAM!” ”Feel the love,” and ”Oh yeah, babe”]


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