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if something that you value very much is at stake, you will lose it if a plan or action is not successful
They have to win the contract - thousands of jobs are at stake.
National pride is at stake in next week's game against England.
if you have a stake in a business, you have
money in it
hold/have a stake in something
He holds a 51% stake in the firm.
have a stake in something
if you have a stake in something, you will get advantages if it is successful, and you feel that you have an important connection with it
Young people don't feel they have a stake in the country's future.
money that you risk as the result of a horse race, card game etc
For a dollar stake, you can win up to $1,000,000.
if the stakes are high when you are trying to do something, you risk losing a lot or it will be dangerous if you fail
Climbing is a dangerous sport and
the stakes are high
if the stakes are high when you are doing something such as playing a card game, you risk losing a lot of money
playing for high stakes
a pointed piece of wood, metal etc, especially one that is pushed into the ground to support something or mark a particular place
stakes into the ground
about three feet apart.
a post to which a person was tied in former times before being killed by burning
Suspected witches were
burnt at the stake
in the popularity/fashion etc stakes
used when saying how popular, fashionable etc someone or something is
Ben wouldn't score very highly in the popularity stakes.
(be prepared to) go to the stake for/over something
to be willing to do anything to protect or defend an idea, or belief
That's my opinion, but I wouldn't go to the stake for it.
pull up stakes
to leave your job or home
We're going to pull up stakes and move to Montana.
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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