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escalate into (something)

To worsen into a new situation or problem. What he thinks is a moment of constructive criticism often escalates into an argument with his daughter. Please don't let this little squabble escalate into a major rift between you two.
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escalate into something

to intensify into something; to increase gradually into something. This argument is going to escalate into something serious very soon. These cases of the flu could escalate into a real epidemic.
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escalate something into something

to cause something to intensify. He escalated the argument into a vicious fight. The dictator tried to escalate the disagreement into a cause for war.
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Market demand has escalated because consumers are now aware that dentists have access to products that deliver the most beautiful esthetic result in a fast and painless process," said Nobel Biocare Vice President and U.
Two men suspected in a series of brutal attacks that escalated from street robberies to kidnappings and sexual assaults have been arrested with the help of tips from the public, police said Monday.
Delle-Femine today said Northwest Airlines is increasingly desperate and has escalated its behind-the-scenes campaign to persuade AMFA members to return to work.
Space rents escalated because the city's ordinance gives park owners an automatic rent increase.
The draw was attributed to weak financial performance during the project's first year of operations when several negative events, including significantly escalated expenses, a fire, incidents of crime, and payment delinquencies by residents, affected operations.
Oil prices have escalated sharply in the past few weeks, matching the highs seen last summer," explains Alex Car, vice president of sales for Reichhold's Global Composites business.
European demand for new Internet infrastructures have escalated due to slow deregulation of existing telecommunications systems, competing technologies and regional differences in infrastructure.
SM) a new proprietary and patent-pending service that enables multichannel customer service inquiries, along with the complete inquiry thread, to be seamlessly escalated from Teltrust Satisfaction Agents to internal support staff in client companies.