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fuel 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 fueled the flames. Revelations of the CEO's massive retirement package fueled the flame for consumers already furious over the company's dubious financial dealings.
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I think all of that stuff that happened in Cobb County, not only did it fuel the flame for our rights, but it also fueled the flame [of] people that are against it too.
Yesterday's unfortunate killings will only fuel the flame of instability.
May the essays found here fuel the flame of those of us engaged in mission studies, as well as cultivate a deeper sense of the humility requisite for peering responsibly into what cannot yet be fully grasped.
The plan includes a 2,000 litre liquid petroleum gas (LPG) tank underground to fuel the flame as well an extension to an existing chalet for a ``candle room'' to enable visitors to light their own peace candles.
The fact is: It is Heir's criticism of Brando, not Brando's criticism of Jews, that will ultimately fuel the flame of international anti-Semitism.
Before driving off in the woman's car, the intruder set fires in the bathroom and bedroom, spreading newspapers around the floor to fuel the flames.
The presence of Combat 18, who take their name from the first and eighth letters of the alphabet - Adolph Hitler's initials - will inevitably fuel the flames of an already-tense situation.
A few museum highlights worth noting are the island's only wolf, which apparently braved a crossing over the sea ice front Siberia only to be shot, stuffed and encased as an exhibit, Japanese samurai swords and copies of Russian and Soviet documents that not-so-subtly fuel the flames of the dispute between Russia and Japan over possession of the South Kuril Islands.
The Australian international, like Newcastle's Shay Given, has been touted as a possible target for both Arsenal and Manchester United next month, and his decision to turn down the contract offer currently on the table has served to fuel the flames.
I would like to fuel the flames of the smoking issue.
Sandwell businesses are being asked to donate wooden pallets to fuel the flames.
But the lies peddled by parties such as the BNP and the fascists who follow them only fuel the flames of anger.
But at a time of great sensitivity about race and religion and, particularly Islam, should not the Muslim population bend over backwards to ensure that, as far as reasonable, it does not fuel the flames of intolerance?
A Mature FINAL FANTASY for a New Age: The Crystals fuel the flames of war, shedding light on young heroes who must cope with decisions that will mean the difference between life and death, and the rise and fall of nations.
Miley, who is very active on social media helped fuel the flames by refraining from making any social media posts over the entire weekend with.