By receiving a stake in Vornado, the Kennedy heirs deferred a significant portion of the sale's capital-gains tax.
An honorable Congress knows in its bones that the full faith of the United States of America is at stake.
This crisis is about much more than gay people in Russia, though their lives are indeed at stake.
At stake right now is not who wins the next election -– after all, we just had an election.
Or how about when Eric seduced Talbot into having gay sex with him, only to stake him in the middle of it.
It was the greatness of the prize at stake that justified the cost.
We find the meaning of the word "stake" in some of Smith's earlier "revelations."
Dodds would have sent him to the stake without an opportunity for recantation.
The rope hit the stake three-quarters of the way up and fell into the sea.
Burrell, however, had too much at stake tamely to relinquish his purpose.
"pointed stick or post," Old English staca, from Proto-Germanic *stakon (cf. Old Norse stiaki, Dutch staak, German stake), from PIE root *steg- "pole, stick." The Germanic word has been borrowed in Spanish (estaca), Old French (estaque), and Italian stacca) and was borrowed back as attach. Meaning "post upon which persons were bound for death by burning" is recorded from c.1200. Stake-body as a type of truck is attested from 1907. In pull up stakes, "The allusion is to pulling up the stakes of a tent" [Bartlett].
early 14c., "to mark (land) with stakes," from stake (n.1). Hence, to stake a claim (1857). Meaning "to risk, wager" is attested from 1520s, probably from notion of "post on which a gambling wager was placed," though Weekley suggests "there is a tinge of the burning or baiting metaphor" in this usage. Meaning "to maintain surveilance" (usually stake out) is first recorded 1942, American English colloquial, probably form earlier sense of "mark off territory." Related: Staked; staking.