to raise the stakes

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - raise the stakes

"to raise the stakes"

to increase in importance or danger


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - raise the stakes

"to raise the stakes"

to increase the level of commitment or involvement.


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - raise the stakes

Two business partners are talking ...

Partner 1:  Look, we've got a fantastic product. I think we should double our production order. We can get a better price and make even more profit.

Partner 2:  That's taking a huge risk.  What if demand is lower that we think?

Partner 1:  If we don't raise the stakes, we won't have the opportunity to make even more money.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - raise the stakes

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Are you going to buy that new cell phone you've been talking about?

Friend 2:  It sure it tempting. The manufacturer has really raised the stakes.

Friend 1:  How?

Friend 2:  They have doubled the memory capacity, increased the screen resolution and are giving a two hundred dollar air-time credit.

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to raise the stakes - Gerund Form:

Raising the stakes can bring great rewards or ruin.

to raise the stakes - Examples:

1)  Obviously you want to be who you are, but raise the stakes a bit and show the best, most energetic version of yourself.

2)  Catholic leaders raised the stakes Monday, threatening to challenge the Obama administration over a provision of the new health ...

3)  On November 4th, the U.S. raised the stakes and dropped two BLU-82 sub-atomic bombs equivalent to a tactical nuclear weapon on Taliban positions.

4)  Then, as the campaign got going, he raised the stakes as it were and called for the elimination of funding to the Endowment in an ...

5)  Then the thief raised the stakes by putting the drugs "where only a woman can".

6)  On the contrary: the government is raising the stakes. This new round of cuts to environmental spending occurs at the same time ...

7)  Daymond countered with $150K for 25%. Wow -- a bidding war and raising the stakes. We don't see this very often.

8)  I've probably gone through three or four acoustic guitars, each time raising the stakes in terms of cost and quality. 

9)  ... but their opponent not only failed to retreat -- he gambled everything, raising the stakes even more, and won. 

10)  This gives Israeli "decision-makers" a direct interest in raising the stakes and making verbal threats.

11)  Pretty standard fare to be honest. But writer McElroy raises the stakes and goes in a different direction.

12)  This lawsuit clearly 'raises the stakes'. I wonder whether the copyright owners think they will receive a more sympathetic

13)  Both of these betray a bitterness and twistedness that raises the stakes from satire, parody and sarcasm to something more sinister.

14)  ... courage for Andy to hire me and I admire his guts because it raises the stakes for him.

15)  And as far as the police are concerned it only raises the stakes and forces criminals into tooling up to match or outdo them.

16)  But the popularity of the iPhone has raised the stakes, selling so well here that environmentalists worry a tidal wave of used and discarded ...

17)  Once I started running a consistent three miler, I decided to raise the stakes and set a new goal. Run the 5k in under 30 minutes.

18)  For Thanksgiving, we try to raise the stakes and serve food and wine that has been produced within a 50 mile radius.

19)  Then his wife makes him continually raise the stakes: her new hut must become a castle; then she wants to be king ...

20)  It sure looks like Black Ops II is going to raise the stakes by including multiple female characters, giving them faces and names, and having them ...