What does stake mean here?

Cleveland   Tue Aug 21, 2007 5:24 pm GMT
Please give us an example of when you persuaded someone to do something for you. Please cover: what the stakes were

what does stake mean here?
Skippy   Tue Aug 21, 2007 6:29 pm GMT
My understanding is basically the pros and cons... The "stakes" are what can be gained or what can be lost.

I guess... lol
furrykef   Wed Aug 22, 2007 12:37 am GMT
"Pros and cons" is a very different idea, meaning advantages and disadvantages, or benefits and downsides... but yes, it means what can be gained and what can be lost. It's sort of a gambling analogy, since "stake" can be used to refer to what a gambler risks. It's common to speak of "high-stakes" gambling, meaning gambling for large amounts of money.

Of course, in this particular example, "stakes" doesn't necessarily refer to money. It can refer to anything.

- Kef