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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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Emirates Airlines has raised the stakes in the fiercely-contested premium traveler segment with the launch of its new generation lie-flat Business Class seats.
Fulham have now raised the stakes in the long-running transfer saga in an attempt to frighten off United boss Sir Alex Ferguson and Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri.
In December, a large jury verdict in Boston further raised the stakes for the nation's real estate community.
Iraqi tyrant Saddam Hussein raised the stakes in the crisis over arms inspections yesterday.
Dunham has methodically intensified the surface, chromatics, and figurative content of his work over the past five years, but in his most recent show the artist noticeably raised the stakes of his paintings in terms of their recognizable content, and even managed to crank up what we might call their retinal decibel level.
They've raised the stakes for our economic survival by lowering the boom on every social program and progressive law that's been passed over the last 60 years," he said, "including a U.
Mally also tells the story of how his organization raised the stakes on data quality, elevating it to a business, rather than merely an IT, problem.
The issue of assignee liability has dramatically raised the stakes for investors, forcing the investment and credit rating community to encourage the use of automated compliance.
Io-Interactive is one of the world's most accomplished developers, and yet again has raised the stakes in terms of graphics and gameplay with Hitman: Blood Money.
com), a manufacturer of USB computer peripheral products, has raised the stakes in the portable drive space with the announcement that the company is now shipping a one-gigabyte-sized PocketDisk.
Hutchison Telecoms has just raised the stakes with the launch of its third generation (3G) network '3' placing Australia among the very first markets to deploy this technology commercially.
UpLink, an international provider of GPS-based golf course management systems, has raised the stakes in the competitive, but lucrative, golf industry by hiring Glenn A.
29, 1996--Following on the success of its ISDN remote access server shipments, 3Com Corporation (NASDAQ: COMS) raised the stakes once again by beginning shipment of its Windows NT security package for the AccessBuilder 4000 and AccessBuilder 2000 remote access servers.