01. The argument outside the pub quickly [escalated] into a fistfight.
02. Prices for certain vegetables have [escalated] due to poor weather conditions in California last year.
03. Tensions in the region have [escalated] in the past few months, and the army has been put on full alert.
04. The ethnic riots in India have [escalated] out of control, and people are being killed daily.
05. The students' anxiety [escalated] with the news that the exam was worth 50% of their final mark.
06. Protests are [escalating] as the date of the political convention approaches.
07. The union has threatened to [escalate] the strikes if the fired workers are not immediately rehired.
08. Hundreds of refugees are fleeing the [escalating] violence in the region.
09. Costs associated with the project are [escalating] out of control.
10. The killing of one of the bikers marks a serious [escalation] in the violence between the city's two motorcycle gangs.
11. The Vietnam war [escalated] while Lyndon B. Johnson was in the White House.
12. Alvin Toffler noted that our technological powers increase, but the side effects and potential hazards also [escalate].
13. The standard [escalator] moves at a rate of 120 feet per minute.
14. The children were playing in the department store by running up the down [escalator].
15. The world's longest [escalator] is in Ocean Park, Hong Kong, China. With a length of 745 feet, the [escalator] has a vertical rise of 377 feet.
16. When the first [escalator] was installed in the department store Harrod's in London near the turn of the century, brandy was served to passengers who felt faint.
17. In 1998, a new rebellion broke out in northern Chad, and continued to [escalate] throughout 2000.
18. A 40-year rebel campaign to overthrow the Colombian government [escalated] during the 1990s.
19. Violence is [escalating] in the world, but simply responding with more violence is not the answer.

Grammatical examples in English. 2013.

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