Hillary Clinton's public bet that Ohio and Texas will be the firewall that salvages her presidential hopes from immolation is shaping up to be the biggest gamble of her campaign -- and perhaps the decisive one.
shape up phrasal verb [usually continuous] INFORMAL
1 to develop:
How are your plans shaping up?
Things seem to be shaping up nicely.
Colin is shaping up quite well in his new job.
2 to improve your behaviour or performance:
I've been told that if I don't shape up, I'll lose my job.
(from Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary)
immolate Hide phonetics
verb [T] FORMAL
to kill yourself or someone else, or to destroy something, usually by burning, in a ceremonial way
immolation Hide phonetics
noun [U] FORMAL