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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
Such blind attacks are carried out to create insecurity in Pakistan and fuel the flames of sedition and religious conflicts," Qassemi said.
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.
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?
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.
Consumer spokespeople have promised to fuel the flames of Proposition 103 so that the fire spreads to other states.
This will only fuel the flames of any argument that may be brewing.