fuel the flame(s)

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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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According to an insider, Prince Harry picking "Diana" for his baby's name would only fuel the flame of royal brother's differences.
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.
Fuel the flame. Say yes to your dream and find new things to love about it daily.
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.
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.
Instead, these attacks only fuel the flame of intifada and resistance."
'From Jolo in Southern Philippines to San Diego and Pittsburg, from Christchurch to Sri Lanka, the increasing trend is of extremists targeting places of worship to fuel the flames of fanaticism and spread fear for one purpose: submission.
Noting that the terrorist attack took place concurrent with the birth anniversary of the Prophet (PBUH) Mohammad, killing several Sunni scholars, Qassemi said, "Those behind the inhumane act have no aim but to fuel the flames of tribal, ethnical and religious sedition."
The Israeli Occupation authorities will be held responsible for the provocations they've made which fuel the flames of hatred in the region, foreboding of a religious war with inconceivable consequences.
LEO Cullen insists the rivalry remains intact between the Blues and the Reds - even if the off the ball stuff doesn't fuel the flames anymore.
But they fuel the flames of brutality further to cement their ministerial berths," he added.
Whether the stats on Scotland were to be used as a distraction from the junior doctors' strike or to fuel the flames of the English dispute was not clear last night.
Mr Dromey said said: "I don't think Donald Trump should be allowed within 1,000 miles of our shore because he would embolden the EDL on the one hand and fuel the flames of terrorism on the other hand.