escalate into (something)

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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 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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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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STUDIO CITY - A nightclub scuffle involving gang members escalated into a car-to-car shooting early Friday that left one man dead and three others wounded, officials said.
It didn't take long before the Adlon Affair escalated into a "scandal in a scandal," with Eichel and his influential public relations advisor Klaus-Peter Schmidt-Deguelle being accused by opposition members of the Bundestag of instigating a German Watergate.
TWO feuding families were in court together after an argument over parking escalated into a street brawl.
Aliya Rashid, prosecuting, said: "Discussions escalated into arguments and verbal arguments escalated into physical arguments.