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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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In the latest Texas Weekly Newsreel: With less than three weeks left in the legislative session, the deadlines are coming fast and furious, raising the stakes and prompting whispers of a special session if things don't get finished.
Proceeds will go towards an initiative known as Raising the Stakes, a unique partnership between the gaming and gambling industries and Great Ormond Street Hospital children's charity.
Raising the Stakes, South Shields Customs House until tonight.
By day Louis Roberts has been rehearsing for a new production of Raising The Stakes at The Customs House, in South Shields, and by night he could be seen on stage in Apples at Newcastle's Northern Stage.
Summary: China has widened its attack against US criticisms of Internet censorship, raising the stakes in the dispute between the superpowers.
Raising the stakes in a standoff with the company building a Park and Ride facility at Van Nuys Airport, officials from the city's airport department on Monday threatened legal action to cancel the $34 million contract.
This type of trash television is undoubtedly an unfortunate result of our recent success as gays and lesbians in storming rite media stronghold and raising the stakes in the culture wars.
Raising the Stakes, Customs House, South Shields - If subtlety, finesse and an earnest message are what you look for in a stage play then steer clear of Raising the Stakes.
With the z900 and z/OS, we are significantly raising the stakes," said Rich Lechner, vice president, IBM Enterprise Servers.
His hiring means we are raising the stakes in the world of poker publishing.
THE Raising The Stakes initiative made major inroads into the pounds 500,000 they are aiming to raise for a new high-dependency bay in Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital at their first event held at Les Ambassadeurs last week.
Good To Firm, Raising The Stakes and Photo Finish are written by North East writers Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood, best known for their hit plays Dirty Dusting and Waiting For Gateaux.
Playwrights Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood are Raising the Stakes with their latest work - literally.
On track with CNNfn: The financial cable network CNNfn announced plans on Tuesday to begin an Internet portal site for finance-oriented users, raising the stakes in a battle for the attention of the growing number of Internet surfers with a deep interest in financial matters.
Raising The Stakes, The Customs House, South Shields - It is only five minutes into the play's second half and you can't hear the actors over the laughter.