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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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"It is another example of what I would say is the escalating depravity and criminality of this regime."
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As a matter of fact, it is Israel that is escalating the situation so that it uses it as a pretext and justification for using force against the Palestinians.
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With historic low short-term and long-term interest rates, rapidly escalating single-family home prices and a surplus of capital chasing fewer high-yielding investments, last year was in fact the perfect environment for conversion.
Their escalating Gestapo-like tactics and abuses of power threaten the constitutional freedoms of all Americans.
The European Commission has decided to allocate 7 million in humanitarian aid to improve the situation of thousands of people displaced by the escalating conflict between Tamil separatists and the government of Sri Lanka in the North and East of the country.
While most student denial-of-service attacks on schools have been practical jokes, the situation is escalating to dangerous levels.
In the 1980s, Lafarge Meldrum was quarrying 400,000 tonnes of rock annually but those numbers began escalating in the new millennium, once Asia stopped exporting steel to North America.
We can blame the dwindling reserves on the escalating demands of developing economies, the failure of many governments to develop anything that resembles an energy policy, or simply on our insatiable appetite for SUVs.
Driven by such powerful forces as escalating costs, the shift toward a consumer-driven marketplace, and new information technology, health plans have started to focus on significantly upgrading their innovation capabilities.
After two weeks of relentless criticism and escalating pressures from the Berlin government, a second blow forced Welteke to resign on April 16.
To keep resident problems and/or concerns from escalating from minor annoyances to hostile confrontations necessitating the intervention of a state ombudsman, Laurie Sisak of the Pennsylvania State Ombudsman's Office has created the PEER (Pennsylvania Empowers Expert Residents) project, which trains long-term care residents to become resident-advocates to work within the facility.