keep the pot boiling

keep the pot boiling

1. To ensure that something remains active or engaging. The state department sent a representative to the talks to at least give the appearance of keeping the pot boiling, but it has becoming apparent that the administration has no real commitment to this cause. To keep the pot boiling in the sequel, the writer-director decided to add the main character's parents to the formula's mix.
2. To continue to rouse, incite, antagonize, or provoke someone or something. It's clear that the country's government intends to keep the pot boiling with separatists living in the outer reaches of their border. It is in their best interest to keep the pot boiling with the insurgency so that they can continue to benefit from Russia's financial and military aid.
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keep the pot boiling

If you keep the pot boiling, you do something to make sure that a process does not stop or to make sure that a situation continues to be interesting. I threw in a question, just to keep the pot boiling while my brain caught up. Times being tough, the auctioneers have had to think up new ways of keeping the pot boiling. Note: This expression may refer to meat which is chopped into pieces and cooked in a pot. Alternatively, the `pot' may have been a melting pot, where metal objects were melted down.
See also: boiling, keep, pot

keep the pot boiling

maintain the momentum or interest value of something.
See also: boiling, keep, pot
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Those are people whom it's a satisfaction to help, for if they've got genius, it's an honor to be allowed to serve them, and not let it be lost or delayed for want of fuel to keep the pot boiling.
That night, when he came home, she proposed, as an emergency measure, that she should resume her needlework and help keep the pot boiling until the strike was over, But Billy would hear nothing of it.
Scott Brown 6 Felt like Ntcham was doing a lot of his work for him in the early stages but the skipper was always there to keep the pot boiling and he was defensively sound.
The duo have also been given the responsibility to keep the pot boiling following the unrest in Kashmir after Burhan Wani who had become a poster boy for militancy in the state was gunned down by Indian forces.
THE placed efforts of Idaho and Cotai Glory (both 25-1) have helped keep the pot boiling recently for the portfolio, but the one disappointment came not from a horse at Royal Ascot but the weather.
If we win, it will keep the pot boiling since we would be only three games away from going back to Wembley," said secretary Bill Montague.
As the winters are about to set in, the militant leadership in Pakistan will try to push in more and more militants to keep the pot boiling and to take benefit of the gaps caused by the washing away of fencing along the border to cross.
His strategy is to keep the pot boiling to avoid a peace treaty that would create a Palestinian state.
Radja Nainggolan's goal in the 26th minute was enough for Rudi Garcia's men to keep the pot boiling, while securing the Giallorossi's return to the Champions League next season.
Bahrain has accused Iran of being the hand behind the uprising of Shias in the island state, but US officials have stated on the record that Iran had no role in the start of the uprising, though the same officials say Iran is doing its best to keep the pot boiling in Bahrain.
At the same time that the shrill tone of charges and counter-charges between Pakistan and the United States appears to be easing, new, intensifying accusations, this time from Afghanistan, promise to keep the pot boiling, the Daily Times editorial said.
oMy family makes out a living from my fatherAEs small job in a bakery and it is just enough to keep the pot boiling,o he said.
He saw a tactic behind the current uprising to keep the pot boiling and deride India internationally.
The enduring fascination with the Franklin expedition of 1845, the biggest catastrophe in polar exploration, shows no signs of abating, and the latest assessment from Andrew Lambert arrives with a suitable pinch of revisionism to keep the pot boiling.
The reverse ladies doubles were split to keep the pot boiling at 5-5 before a key moment in the men's doubles.