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add fuel to the fire (or flames)

Definition of add fuel to the fire or flames in English:

Cause a situation or conflict to become more intense.
Example sentences
  • And yet some free traders have gotten on board with the desire to use protectionist means to boost prices and thereby add fuel to the fire of socialized medicine.
  • It adds fuel to the fire, and to the pain and hatred on the other side.
  • Regardless, the behavior of these security guards only adds fuel to the fire of the far left, in that the more things like this happen, the more they can cry about police state tactics.
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