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fuel the fire(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 fueled the fires. Revelations of the CEO's massive retirement package fueled the fire for consumers already furious over the company's dubious financial dealings.
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Two segments of the book ran in The New Yorker and two in Harper's, helping fuel the fire for this novel: now THE PALE KING is here and uses many twists and turns of plot to provide a thought-provoking read.
Petrol had been used to fuel the fire, which ripped through the downstairs rooms and spread to the rest of the house.
Highly flammable resins used in the manufacturing process apparently helped fuel the fire.
The infamous necklace that helped fuel the fire of the French Revolution was so hefty with its 647 chestnut-sized diamonds, says Canonero, that it would not only take a very physically fit woman to wear it, but was so tasteless even France's let-them-eat-cake queen Marie Antoinette passed.
Consumers fuel the fire and make it easy for con artists, because some consumers are gullible and greedy," advises Brian Wizard, author of Nigerian 419 Scare "Game Over
Despite the fact that authorities have said the death of a nine-year-old boy in Indonesia had nothing to do with WWE, local activists are still trying to fuel the fire by staging what is clearly seen as a contrived protest, World Wrestling Entertainment[R] said today.
The SOTY performances of Sean Chen, Isabella, Vern Laird, Crystal, Doctor Woo, Bianca and Tony Vitello only served to fuel the fire.
Returning angry words will only fuel the fire and take arguments to the next level.
And the 20th anniversary of ``Grease'' helped fuel the fire.
ROY Hodgson has refused to fuel the fire surrounding Blackburn's trip to Bolton today
We call on fans of both Midland sides to roar on their heroes, to help fuel the fires of passion, and get the results needed to ensure survival.
to me, it suggests there are people in high places who, for their own ends, want to fuel the fires of conflict between islam and the predominantly christian west.
COUNCIL staff today appealed to businesses to help fuel the fires as Walsall prepares for its civic Bonfire Night celebrations.
At a time when synagogue and Jewish school bombings and cemetery desecration are at the highest level since the Holocaust, it was not only inappropriate but irresponsible of you to fuel the fires of anti-Semitism by publishing an article on Ibdaa.
ANN Winterton's ill-advised and stupid joke about Pakistanis being 10 a penny in Britain has only served to fuel the fires burning all over Europe at present (Daily Mirror, May 6).