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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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There are, in other words, a series of easily imaginable moves like these that could quickly raise temperatures and fear levels in Washington and lead to the kinds of escalatory steps that officially remain off the table at the moment.
and in other domains, should determine whether they are escalatory and
There is a huge body of documented evidence about the escalatory dimensions of well-reported IS failure cases around the world (see for example, Ewusi-Mensah and Przasnyski, 1991, 1994; Sauer, 1993, 1999; McGrath, 1997; Kundi et al.
Masood Khan said Pakistan believes induction of ballistic missile defence system in South Asia will be an escalatory and destabilizing step.
The union warned that the coming days would witness escalatory steps gradually before initiating the open-ended strike, affirming that all UNRWA striking employees would suspend their work for one and a half hours next Tuesday.
His recent comments criticizing the government, however, were seen by the government as escalatory.
WASHINGTON, Sept 2 (KUNA) -- US President Donald Trump spoke late Friday with South Korea's President Moon Jae-in to discuss "coordinated response to North Korea's continued destabilizing and escalatory behavior.
Secretary Mattis also underscored the United States commitment to assist Japan in enhancing its ballistic missile defense capabilities in the face of North Koreas escalatory actions.
Sheikh Naim Qassem's escalatory statements will be brought up for discussion on our part because they do not serve the purposes of dialogue, lack democratic sense and do not conform with the Constitution and its provisions," Future MP Samir Jisr said in an interview with the Central News Agency.
Habib reminded of the FPM's escalatory steps after the previous extension for the commander of the Army, noting that these steps did not achieve anything.
It is also one the latest escalatory steps by the syndicate to demand better treatment of journalists nationwide.
they threatened to start their escalatory program within a week if no progress was made in meeting those demands.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Several senior experts of the US national security warned that escalatory actions against Iran over its nuclear program would push America back into recession and increase crude prices.
The position of parliament, which is dominated by the ruling General People's Congress (GPC) of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, was described as escalatory.
WASHINGTON, Aug 12 (KUNA) -- US President Donald Trump spoke with French President Emmanuel Macron during which they discussed "the need to confront the increasingly dangerous situation associated with North Korea's destabilizing and escalatory behavior," it was announced Saturday.