Cause an emotion such as anger or hatred to become stronger: instead of being a calming force you fanned the flames of hostility
More example sentences
- 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.