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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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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.
Addressing the heads of Islamic countries' chambers of commerce held on the sidelines of the 14th International Trade Fair of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Tehran, Jahangiri underlined that the extremist groups should not be allowed to take advantage of differences of opinion to fuel the flames of discord between Muslims.
This will only fuel the flames of any argument that may be brewing.
She said she believes the killing of the Darfuri students was to fuel the flames of racism in her home country and encourage a division that empowers the regime in Khartoum.
If you stoke the rhetoric and you fuel the flames, as the Government seem happy to do, that is a very irresponsible thing.
He added that Mansoor, one of the deceased, was well known for his wood designs and had collected materials for his work - which could have helped fuel the flames.
Social networking may have helped fuel the flames of the sporadic violence that has erupted in Liverpool and other cities, but it also helped people who care about this city to mobilise clean-up squads yesterday to make good the damage caused by the mindless idiots.
The State's handling of the release of Ireland's most notorious rapist only served to fuel the flames of panic among the public.
Temperatures reached 40C (104F) in central Sydney and winds helped fuel the flames.
Some politicians publicly fuel the flames by openly getting involved in football in Cyprus.
In all, seven bins were taken, three from Orton Close, one from Cochrane Street, one from Gerald Street, another from Maryhill Close, and one from St John's Walk, and used to fuel the flames at the park.
The US National Weather Service issued a "Red Flag" warning for fire danger as high winds were set to fuel the flames.
I would like to fuel the flames of the smoking issue.