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fan the flames (of something)

Definition of fan the flames of something in English:

Cause an emotion such as anger or hatred to become stronger: instead of being a calming force you fanned the flames of hostility
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  • At a national level, the centre-right coalition Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has been accused of fanning the flames of anti-foreigner discrimination.
  • Indeed, her words seem to have fanned the flames.
  • Worryingly last week, researchers at Glasgow Caledonian University were in danger of fanning the flames.
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