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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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When seizing a nonthreatening subject, officers often can use force in an escalating manner and attempt less intrusive force options.
Using force in an escalating manner must be a secondary consideration.
Rather, the next response to escalating costs will have to come through the implementation of information technology, and the Internet will be a substantial component.
It is a practical solution for escalating operational costs.
Relative to escalating fuel costs is the price of electricity.
In first quarter 2006, the company completed an open-label, dose escalating Phase I clinical trial of EBS-A42, one of the selected proteins, in the United Kingdom in 47 healthy adult volunteers.
Increasing production capacity at the Mahwah plant reduces transit time for domestic orders of the Procera Bridge Zirconia and ensures product availability and faster delivery to meet the escalating demand for high-quality and innovative esthetic solutions.
Our ability to continue to attract the best in the industry is a testament to Bluespec's promise and momentum as a fundamental solution to the escalating design and verification issues with chip design.
Behind the scenes, Northwest management has launched an escalating campaign of letter-writing and calls to our members' homes to urge them to come back," he said.
The rapidly escalating demand for health care services, as well as an increasing ability of public companies to demonstrate shareholder value, has spurred significant growth in industry stocks this year.
The primary objectives were to compare the safety and tolerability of three dose levels of Propofol Lingual spray to a single intravenous bolus low dose of propofol, as well as to determine the respective pharmacokinetic profiles and relative bioavailability of the three escalating doses.
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Caltrol's first use of the ROAMING MESSENGER technology is to provide time-critical, roaming, self escalating notification of critical customer service issues during non-business hours.