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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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NORTH Korea raised the stakes in its confrontation with the US yesterday by sentencing two American journalists to 12 years of hard labour.
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.
PHNOM PENH: The Cambodian opposition raised the stakes yesterday in protests against People's Party leader Mr Hun Sen as 2,000 people mounted a sit-in outside the National Assembly, the same site as a murderous grenade attack against a demonstration in 1997.
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.
A recent legal action against EPA's stance on Bt transgenic crops has raised the stakes for any new policy (SN: 9/27/97, p.