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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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'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.
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.
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.
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.
Temperatures reached 40C (104F) in central Sydney and winds helped fuel the flames.