One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘in three years' time prices will have escalated’
increase rapidly, soar, rocket, shoot up, mount, surge, spiral, grow rapidly, rise rapidly, climb, go up
informal be jacked up, go through the ceiling, go through the roof, skyrocket, balloon
2‘the dispute escalated into a sit-in’
grow, develop, mushroom, increase, be increased, be stepped up, build up, heighten, strengthen, intensify, accelerate, be extended, be enlarged, be magnified, be amplified
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