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In jeopardy of being won or lost, or in the process of being determined as a positive or negative outcome. My presentation needs to go perfectly—the big promotion is at stake. Our dream house is at stake here, so we need write the best possible offer.
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Fig. ready to be won or lost; at risk; hanging in the balance. That's a very risky investment. How much money is at stake? I have everything at stake on this wager.
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At risk to be won or lost, as in We have a great deal at stake in this transaction. This phrase uses stake in the sense of something that is wagered. Shakespeare used it in Troilus and Cressida (3:3): "I see my reputation is at stake." [Late 1500s]
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Something that is at stake could be lost or damaged if something fails. There's a lot of money at stake here. Someone's got to do the thinking around here, especially with our daughter's future at stake.
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
(be/have a lot, etc.) at ˈstakethat can be won or lost, depending on the success of a particular action: The team must win the game on Saturday to stay in the competition. With so much at stake, everyone has to play their best. ♢ This decision has put our lives at stake.
Stake in this idiom refers to the amount of money that somebody bets when they are gambling and which they could lose.
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At risk; in question.
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