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at stake

Definition of at stake

  1. :  in a position to be lost or gained <Millions of dollars are at stake in the battle over his inheritance.> <Thousands of jobs are at stake.> <Many lives are at stake.> <My reputation is at stake if this project fails and the damage will be hard to overcome.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  a pointed piece of wood or other material driven or to be driven into the ground as a marker or support

    :  a post to which a person is bound for execution by burning

    :  execution by burning at a stake

  1. :  to mark the limits of by or as if by stakes

    :  to tether to a stake

    :  bet, wager

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