add fuel to the flame(s)

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add fuel to the flame(s)

To do or say something to make an argument, problem, or bad situation worse; to further incense an already angry person or group of people. The debate was going poorly for the senatorial candidate, and his strikingly uncouth comments simply added fuel to the flames. Revelations of the CEO's massive retirement package added fuel to the flame for consumers already furious over the company's dubious financial dealings.
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Odessa has been standing firm for two months, until more people have been sent to add fuel to the flame.
It is very easy to blame one rather than the other but all this will do is add fuel to the flame with one whilst the other one is winning the argument and as she knows this she will just keep doing it all the more.
They are waging a religious war, Sunni against Shia, that could inflame the entire region with Blair ready to add fuel to the flames by calling for air strikes on Iraq and Syria.
The record surplus is likely to add fuel to the flames, but I don't see a problem in them," said Stefan Schilbe of HSBC Trinkaus, highlighting the differences of views on both sides of the Atlantic.
It would appear someone has deliberately entered the rear of the property and set light to the bin before dragging the motorbike across to literally add fuel to the flames.
The fact that he has chosen to add fuel to the flames of the comments he made earlier this week on the BBC One Show again beggars belief.
And we urge no-one to add fuel to the flames by rumour-mongering.
Both sides shrugged off the incident but rest assured the aggro between the teams is there and Johnson's description of Kevin Pietersen as a 'smart arse' will only add fuel to the flames.
Both sides shrugged off the incident but the aggro between the teams is there and Johnson's description of Kevin Pietersen as a 'smart a***' will add fuel to the flames.
The Vice Prime Minister said some law enforcement officials and judges add fuel to the flames.
China Mobile is to release the closely-watched 3G Ophone next week, while rival China Unicom is to bring Apple's iPhone to China as soon as Friday, which may add fuel to the flames in the fiercely competitive Chinese market.
To add fuel to the flames, as it were, I believe the original pattern had a strong resemblance to one variant of the Coch a bonddu which Twm Twm, the great fly-dresser of the upper Wye, dressed.
At a time when the justice system is coming under fire by a public concerned that it is 'too soft' this latest revelation will simply add fuel to the flames.