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English definition of “high-stakes”

high-stakes

adjective [usually before noun]    
used to describe a situation that has a lot of risk and in which someone is likely to either get or lose an advantage, a lot of money, etc.: The company has made some high-stakes investments in an attempt to transform itself into a multibrand empire.high-stakes battle/contest/negotiations What we have is a high-stakes battle for control of one of the world's most lucrative markets.
(Definition of high-stakes adjective from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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