raise the stakes


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raise the stakes

To increase the level of risk and/or potential reward in a particular situation. "Stakes" refers to one's level of involvement. They really raised the stakes in the employee art contest—first place gets a week of paid vacation! Let's raise the stakes, shall we? The loser can never set foot in this place again.
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raise the stakes

To increase one's commitment or involvement.
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