bump it up a notch


Senior Member
Dear all,

Can anybondy explain the following sentence?
I can't understand "bump it up a notch".

Sentence: So now, we begin to bump it up a notch. How many people have used computer for word processing? Okay. Most folks.

Thanks in advance
  • Take it up one more level from where you were: for example, from basic math to algebra to geometry to trigonometry to calculus... each is the next level up from the one preceding.
    Sort of... but think higher level. You maybe be going into more detail regarding mathematics by moving from algebra to geometry, but you probably won't be going into more detail about algebra.

    Another example, this time in personal transportation: tricycle, bicycle, motorcycle, car, airplane. Each is bumping it up a notch. But you won't learn more about bicycles in the motorcycle class.
    I agree with Copyright but would add that "bump it up a notch" does not have to be used only in the context of formal levels, such as going from algebra to geometry. It can also be used in referring to any effort to increase the intensity, difficulty or complexity of any activity.

    Also, be aware that this is informal English; you would not write in a job application that you wanted to "bump my career up a notch."
    One last comment to agree with edgy about increasing your skill in any activity: martial arts come to mind with their belt levels: white, yellow, green, blue, brown, black, for example. You're still in the same martial art but increasing your knowledge of it at every new level.