This was intensifying, raising the stakes of the idea and the relationship.
In early January 1991, Solarz penned a piece in The New Republic titled “The stakes in the Gulf.”
The negotiations were heavily compartmentalized, the teams hand-picked, the stakes high.
Much of the theological dispute might seem like hair-splitting, but the stakes were high.
These stakes have created a financial arms race that almost certainly will make this election historically expensive.
Elevations of stones, stakes, and other material, to prevent inundations.
Lined them with stakes and bushes to keep them from filling in.
I offered 10 dollars reward for him, and hold the stakes yet.
The confidence of the public in his honesty was as great a reward as the stakes.
There is sometimes betting on the result; though no stakes are deposited, the bets are paid.
"pointed stick or post," Old English staca, from Proto-Germanic *stakon (cf. Old Norse stiaki, Dutch staak, German stake), from PIE root *steg- "pole, stick." The Germanic word has been borrowed in Spanish (estaca), Old French (estaque), and Italian stacca) and was borrowed back as attach. Meaning "post upon which persons were bound for death by burning" is recorded from c.1200. Stake-body as a type of truck is attested from 1907. In pull up stakes, "The allusion is to pulling up the stakes of a tent" [Bartlett].
early 14c., "to mark (land) with stakes," from stake (n.1). Hence, to stake a claim (1857). Meaning "to risk, wager" is attested from 1520s, probably from notion of "post on which a gambling wager was placed," though Weekley suggests "there is a tinge of the burning or baiting metaphor" in this usage. Meaning "to maintain surveilance" (usually stake out) is first recorded 1942, American English colloquial, probably form earlier sense of "mark off territory." Related: Staked; staking.
A police surveillance: as silently as only a cop on a stake-out knows how to stand/ The stake-outs continued (1942+ Police)
The group of unescorting males at a dance, thought of as a line beside the floor, studying the women as possible dance partners (1934+)