I seem to remember a phrase, perhaps starting with raise or raising, meaning to take an issue (such as one mentioned in an email message) and involve the next level of responsible parties in a hierarchy of supervisors.

(raising up the chain?)

Does anyone know of such a phrase?

  • ... raising the ante? stakes? Nov 21, 2016 at 15:47

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raise an issue with the supervisors

to bring up a matter with someone. I will raise that question with Mary when she comes in. Please raise the question with the boss. [TFD]

escalate an issue to the supervisor

To pass (a transaction or case) on to a higher level in an organizational hierarchy: escalated the customer's complaint. [TFD]

run it up the chain of command

You should always take things up the chain of command in the correct order and not cut anyone out of it. [Business Dictionary]

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    Escalate is the one I have both heard and used most often.
    – Werrf
    Nov 21, 2016 at 15:52
  • 'Raising an issue' is obviously a different usage, and your other suggestions are of different forms. Nov 21, 2016 at 15:55

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