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- (idiomatic) At issue, at risk.
- What is at stake in these next 20 minutes is the championship.
- Doesn't he realize that all of our lives are at stake here too?
- c. 1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Troylus and Cressida”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act III, scene iii]:
- I see my reputation is at stake
My fame is shrewdly gored.
- 1817 December, [Jane Austen], chapter V, in Persuasion; published in Northanger Abbey: And Persuasion. […], volume (please specify |volume=III or IV), London: John Murray, […], 1818, OCLC 318384910:
- […] as I have a great deal more at stake on this point than anybody else can have, I think it rather unnecessary in you to be advising me.
at issue, at risk