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raise the stakes

to increase in importance or danger Employees who lost all their pensions have raised the stakes for the company by going to court and filing a lawsuit.
Related vocabulary: up the ante
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raise the stakes

To increase one's commitment or involvement.
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the developer of such classic strategy games as STAR TREK: STARFLEET COMMAND, CONQUEST OF THE NEW WORLD and CASTLES, MASTER OF ORION 3 features a wide range of multi-player and solitaire play options, 8 highly distinctive alien races, and a level of graphics and interface design that will raise the stakes for the entire genre.
And in rapid-fire questioning before the witness could answer, Heuer asked if it was not Hale's goal to raise the stakes and implicate top officials so that Casey would be removed from the investigation and an independent counsel appointed.
A pilot ranking system helps raise the stakes even higher -- as players gain experience, they rise through the game's ranks, and the performance of their chosen fighter increases accordingly.
Final Fantasy VII -- the long-awaited PC version of the 15 million unit, best-selling SquareSoft franchise will raise the stakes for quality role playing games on the PC.
Eidos will also demonstrate a number of key titles, including: --Final Fantasy VII -- the long-awaited PC version of the 15 million unit, best-selling SquareSoft franchise will raise the stakes for quality role playing games on the PC.