put one's heads together
Everyone at the meeting put our heads together and finally came up with a solution.
You have to pay up front.
You have to pay in advance.
The balance of $1000 must be paid within 30 days.
raise the ante
The government has decided to raise the ante in the war on smoking.
I'm standing firm on this matter.
A: I'd like to discuss the terms of pavements for our account before we sign the contract and place our first order.
B: Like all of our customers, we require payment in full no later than 90 days from the date on each invoice.
A: I'd like to run a suggestion by you. And maybe we could put our heads together and come to a mutually beneficial agreement.
B: What do you have in mind, Larry?
A: What would you say if we agree to pay 50% up front and the balance within 30 days from the invoice.
B: That would certainly help our cash flow, but what do you want in return?
A: We would like you to cover the freight costs.
B: Sorry, Larry. That would put us out of pocket thousands of dollars.
A: What if we paid up front?
B: Your offer has raised the ante, but I'm standing firm.
A: So, that's a no?