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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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add fuel to the flames

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 flames for consumers already furious over the company's dubious financial dealings.
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add ˌfuel to the ˈfire/ˈflames

do or say something which makes a difficult situation worse, or makes somebody even more angry, etc: She was already furious and his apologies and excuses only added fuel to the flames. OPPOSITE: pour oil on troubled water(s)
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However, the rumoured relationship did coincide with his break-up from dance partner and girlfriend Camilla Dallerup, who had been at his side for eight years, and that probably added fuel to the flames.
Leeds skipper Dominic Matteo added fuel to the flames when he said: "If Mark had hit Hessenthaler, he would have killed him.
That the boys' killer has been paid by author Gitta Sereny for her co- ope ration has added fuel to the flames of anger, drawing strong criticism from the Prime Minister in the Commons yesterday.
Regional pay has added fuel to the flames of our members' anger.
Llewellyn, an ever-present in the Dragons' league line-up since he moved from Norwich in the summer of 2003, said Wrexham's financial problems had probably added fuel to the flames.
All this fuss could have been avoided but McLeish's outburst has only added fuel to the flames which this fixture does not need.
SINGER Brian McFadden has added fuel to the flames that he has married fiancee Delta Goodrem in secret - by calling her his wife.