Meaning of “high-stakes” in the English Dictionary


"high-stakes" in English

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high-stakesadjective [ before noun ]

/ˌhaɪˈsteɪks/ /ˌhaɪˈsteɪks/

involving the possible loss of a large amount of money:

a high-stakes poker game

involving serious risks if there is no success:

a high-stakes negotiation

specialized education A high-stakes test is one that is very important for the person who takes it.

(Definition of “high-stakes” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"high-stakes" in Business English

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high-stakesadjective [ usually before noun ]

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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” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)