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The insurgents escalated the use of roadside bombs.
  increase in extent or intensity
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escalate escalation escalating escalated escalates escalatory
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  • The insurgents escalated the use of roadside bombs.
  • It started out as an abrupt shriek, like simple surprise, but then escalated into pure terror.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • It’s Hayden who defuses the situation before it can escalate.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • "No, Newt, I don’t understand," Minho said, the frustration in his voice escalating.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure

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  • One starts yelling at the other, the other yells back, the anger escalates, and nine times out of ten, the man ends up grabbing the woman.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • Their idea of killing their way down the Elite’s castes is pretty drastic, and we’re all afraid those attacks are going to escalate."
    Kiera Cass  --  The One
  • I shook my head, trying to understand how it escalated so quickly, only then seeing it hadn’t been fast at all.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • Mark’s bad feelings about it all have escalated exponentially upon the news.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • But it’s escalating.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • There must be a dozen ways to wipe us out quickly, but they drew it out in five waves of escalating horror.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea

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  • Well, that de-escalated quickly.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • After that tempers escalated quickly.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • With each dead end, I felt an escalating fear.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • He is an olive green when he talks to a department head, an escalating series of oranges when he speaks to Mademoiselle Fleury from the greenhouses, a bright red when he tries to cook.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • I stand up and look down at the bed, holding my breath in fear of the sounds that are escalating from deep within my throat.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • As the war escalated in fury, mounting Confederate casualties and loss of property, including slaves, caused this flame of hatred to burn ever more brightly.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • There was also a short article on rioting that the reporter claimed was "the direct result of escalating tensions between the West and East government on new birth legislation."
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • This close to the ocean the weather changed constantly, and a rainstorm could quickly escalate into a flash flood.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • It wasn’t a matter of money —more a matter of escalating doses, forgetting I’d sold pieces or forgetting to send bills, Hobie looking at me funny when I’d overdone things and come downstairs a bit too glassy and out-of-it.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • She ended up with five thousand a month, escalating to ten if Jenks’s earnings substantially increased.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • You don’t need to escalate the situation.
    Simone Elkeles  --  Perfect Chemistry
  • Every escalation in the bombing brought a parallel escalation in the Bird’s attacks on Louie.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Their great skill is their capacity to escalate.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • The terrible sounds he’d heard escalate for the last hour took on a high-pitched, mechanical squeal, like a robotic death yell.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • Whatever the cause of the argument, it escalated, and ended when Perkins pulled out a .45 caliber automatic and shot Bualsafared in the leg.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • El Tirandaro, identified as Diego Cruz Ponce, was one of fifty-seven murders in Nuevo Laredo that year, and the violence has escalated since then.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • Usually, the bickering ran its course after a few minutes, but half an hour passed and not only was it still going on, it was escalating.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • He couldn’t seem to stop, though for each lapse the discipline wand came again, escalating to a series of painful lashes that left marks on Asher’s legs.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • As the Cold War escalated, some scientists exposed Henrietta’s cells to massive doses of radiation to study how nuclear bombs destroyed cells and find ways to reverse that damage.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • Fading speed buzz, escalating alcohol, it was all I could do to stay upright.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank
  • Or it could’ve been the escalating abuse and the accumulated frustration at the chaotic life he was creating for her and her daughter.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • As the voices escalated, Ronnie felt physically sick; it was all she could do not to vomit.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • Just because I now understood Jeb’s plan, it didn’t make things easier when he escalated it.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • It would only escalate until one side was entirely extinct.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • It was just an escalation of her madness.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • But things unspoken were the center of interest-the cause, the detectives were convinced, of Hickock’s escalating distress.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • But he didn’t try to escalate—didn’t even kiss me again.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Burned
  • What began as just taking a chair escalated, by day three, to following them to the snack bar.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • ’Why is it hurting again?’ she asked, her voice escalating.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • Unfortunately, Aringarosa had learned, in an age of religious cynicism, cults, and televangelists, Opus Dei’s escalating wealth and power was a magnet for suspicion.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Thibault wasn’t completely immune to the escalating tension, and like everyone else, he’d needed an outlet.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • The strident warble of Oromis’s teakettle intruded, escalating in volume until Eragon’s ears rang.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • We had to endure Father’s escalating rage, when he returned home to find dinner no farther along than an unresolved argument over whether there are or are not worms in the flour, or any flour at all.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • At the beginning the elves fought only to defend themselves, for they were reluctant to escalate the fighting, but the dragons’ ferocity eventually forced them to attack for their own survival.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • The next hours saw a massive escalation in response to Missy’s disappearance.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • The difference is that over time, the heavy smokers escalated whereas the chippers stayed where they were.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • He thought of trying to get out of bed, but the thought of the thump and the drop and the accompanying escalation of pain constantly deterred him.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • The only response, in this context, is to escalate-to not give in, not ever.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • Yet the very idea of the oath At the time this move was widely condemned, and inu charges escalated.
    Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James D. Houston  --  Farewell to Manzanar
  • That it did not happen in the heat of the moment or as the accidental result of escalating violence but was rather an act planned and executed by a man with murder on his mind.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
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