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    crank it up a notch

    Can anyone explain this idiom into detail?

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    Re: crank it up a notch

    It means to elevate something to the next higher level, or the next extreme.

    If you're playing your stereo and someone says "crank it up a notch," you'll turn the volume up a bit.

    If you're at a party and all that is available for refreshments is soft drinks (Coca-Cola, etc), someone might bring out a bottle of spirits and say "let's crank this party up a notch!"

    You might be eating roast beef for dinner, and I'll offer you some horseradish, saying "Add some of this to your beef, and crank your meal up a notch."

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