1(fighting/violence/dispute) intensificarseto escalate into/to sth
- the scuffles escalated into a riot — las refriegas terminaron en serios disturbios callejeros
- pollution has escalated to disastrous levels — la contaminación ha alcanzado niveles de extrema gravedad
- Indeed, for each of these countries ethnic conflict has escalated into civil war.
- She said the dispute escalated into a furious struggle between her and her husband, who was wielding a baseball bat.
- If the firefighters persevere with their eight-day strike this week, then matters could escalate rapidly.
- When you've made your point and the other party has made his point, please do not escalate it to a never-ending heated discussion.
- It soon escalated into indiscriminate attacks on white motorists, the burning of cars and attacks on pubs and businesses.
- The argument escalated into a fight which was broken up by the other card players.
- It could easily have escalated into something far more serious, the spokesperson stressed.
- A row in a York supermarket car park escalated into a brawl inside the store, the city's crown court was told.
- There is long-running rivalry between the two teams which has escalated into violence more than once.
- Then, it escalated into a full-scale war as the armies began fighting on foreign land.
- In recent years, the battle of the sexes has escalated into a full-fledged gender war.
- Therefore there is the possibility that a relatively small problem may rapidly escalate into a crisis.
- It soon escalated into physical and mental abuse and within two months I left and moved in with a girlfriend.
- A local show of strength then escalated into a confrontation with police.
- Sources say they were kept quiet in order not to escalate the row with Russia.
- Soon enough playful shoving escalated into an all-out war, which ended with Alex tackling Jamie to the floor.
- A teenager has been charged with the murder of a man stabbed in Birmingham two weeks ago after an alleged argument escalated into a violent fight.
- The situation is escalating at an alarming rate and I have been on the receiving end of a number of threats.
- I became involved in an incident that could easily have escalated into something really nasty.
- Soon the case is making headlines and the whole thing escalates rapidly.
- It is feared that as the cost of drugs escalates and financial pressure grows on the NHS, there will be many more similar disputes in future.
- This frightened me so much that I agreed to try benzodiazepines, but doses escalated rapidly.
- The rate of complaints is escalating and the ombudsman expects numbers to continue rising sharply.
- The authority has twice tried to sell it without success and the cost of repairs has escalated with the passing of time.
- Inflation and other building costs could cause the costs to escalate if there was significant delay in construction.
- While costs were escalating all the time, we felt that the project would never be completed if we did not push ahead with the work.
- The burden could grow exponentially as the female participation rate in paid employment escalates.
- Not surprisingly petrol prices increased during August as world oil prices continued to escalate.
- The new parliament remains the centre of controversy as building costs escalate.
- The cost of the Games has risen to at least 6 billion euros, and many observers expect the costs to escalate even more.
- Beef prices are now at a twenty-year low while costs continue to escalate.
- This could give rise to a second appeal, with the council's legal costs possibly escalating to thousands of pounds.
- The main factor that will put a brake on house price rises next year will be gradually escalating interest rates.
- As the cost of education escalates, working class students are left out in the cold.
- The costs continue to escalate for the country and its people.
- More studies into the feasibility of a waste tunnel will cause yet more delays and cause costs to escalate further.
- As the crime rate escalates, many citizens are faced with the difficult task of having to weigh their love for their country against their personal safety.
- It is an example of how costs can escalate with private finance initiatives.
- But the problem is that with rapidly escalating costs we are getting less for our money.
- In turn, the increased prices caused health costs to escalate in a vicious circle.
3escalating present participle(dispute/tension) crecienteescalating wages/prices — sueldos/precios que van en escalada / en continuo aumento