I like to read different newspapers and news websites to pick up some English words and phrases with which I'm unfamiliar.

I found the two-word phrase increasely likely, which I found confusing.

  • The answer from altaltpow covers the probable intended wording pretty thoroughly, and the two comments beneath that answer cover the (unasked) question of "what went wrong?" very neatly. So I don;'t see any need to reopen this question. – Sven Yargs Aug 26 '15 at 3:53

I imagine they were going for "increasingly likely." Keep in mind that newspapers and websites often make terrible mistakes, "increasely likely" is not a phrase, increasely isn't even a word.

Increasingly likely simply means that an event becomes more and more likely to occur as time goes on.

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    Plus it might well be someone's transcription of someone else saying increasingly likely and missing the /ɪŋ/ in the flurry of 3 Ls in a row /li'laykli/ at the end. If that transcription's gone through the ears of a speaker of a language that doesn't have Ls or often confuses them with Rs, for instance, 3 Ls in a row in one word is enough to have caused considerable stress in the transcriber, and a little syllable like /ɪŋ/ is easy to lose track of. – John Lawler Aug 25 '15 at 16:40
  • @JohnLawler More likely a typo/brainfart, I would have thought. – David Richerby Aug 25 '15 at 23:31

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