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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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Pierce raises the stakes Finally they go all in, but who will have lady luck on their side?
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The medium raises the stakes of uniqueness to encompass the passage of time, and, as a result, the object is not lost just once, as it were, in the shift from reality to representation; it is lost endlessly.
`Growing polarization,' he writes, `inevitably raises the stakes, first producing increasingly fiery rhetoric and then inducing violence.' Extreme speech is inextricably bound up with extreme acts.