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stoke up

1. Literally, to make a fire burn hotter or brighter by stirring it or adding fuel. A noun or pronoun can be used between "stoke" and "up." It's my job to stoke the fire up throughout the night so the camp remains warm. You'll need to stoke up the furnace a bit more if we want it hot enough to melt this iron.
2. To incite or intensify negative emotions or reactions to something. The candidate has been stoking up controversy throughout the campaign, discrediting and slandering his opponents with outrageous and unprovable claims. The police chief stoked the fury of the protestors up when he announced that the officers involved in the shooting would not be forced to resign.
3. To start and warm up some piece of machinery, especially a car motor or engine, in preparation for its use. The official gave the signal and the drivers stoked up their engines. Make sure you leave the car idling while we rob the place—I don't want to wait for you to stoke the thing up while we're trying to make a getaway.
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stoke something up

 
1. to poke or add fuel to a fire to make it burn hotter. Grandpa had to go down each winter morning to stoke the fire up. He stoked up the furnace every morning during the winter.
2. Sl. to start something, such as an engine. stoke this old car up so we can leave. stoke up your motorcycle and let's get going.
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stoke up

v.
1. To feed or stir some fire or furnace: Lee had to go down to the basement several times to stoke up the furnace. The fire started going out, so I stoked it up with some logs.
2. To make some emotion or conflict more violent; intensify something: The accusations stoked up the tension that already existed between the groups. The argument was winding down when your insensitive comments stoked it up again.
3. To eat heartily: The boxer stoked up before the fight in order to maintain his strength. The runner stoked up on carbohydrates the day before the race.
See also: stoke, up

stoke something up

tv. to start something, such as an engine. Stoke up your motorcycle and let’s get going.
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One supporter wrote on Twitter: "Stoke supporters pepper sprayed at Preston at half-time, little children crying, diabolical behaviour."
Stoke Heath was built up for munition workers in the First World War, but before that the Humber factory had been producing bicycles and cars since the 19th century.
In a column for a local newspaper, Macari wrote: "I don't think Kenwyne Jones will be starting against Stoke, because Cardiff surely have to stick with the players that won at Southampton.
Meanwhile, Stoke fans have reportedly also booed Ramsey and Wenger was furious at the behaviour; Ramsey has maintained Shawcross never (http://www.goal.com/en-ie/news/3941/england/2012/08/15/3308585/ramsey-shawcross-still-has-not-fully-apologised-for-breaking) fully apologised for his actions.
Thanks to our friends at Britannia, sponsors of Stoke City FC, we have FOUR pairs of tickets to give away for the big match.
"Stoke get accused of being over-physical, but you make no apologies for it because they are winning more games than not, and Stoke can play as well.
Mike Herbert, St Modwen's north Staffordshire regional director, says: "This development will be the largest single office development that the company has undertaken in north Staffordshire and probably the largest of its kind ever in the Stoke area.
In the chase of an England record 359 at a delirious Headingley, the home side still needed 73 when Stokes was joined by last man Jack Leach.
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His brothers Tony Stokes and Patrick Stokes were sentenced to 18 months and 21 month in jail for robbery at an earlier hearing.
Stokes, 51 of Hillsboro passed away Saturday, May 4, 2019 in Memorial Medical Center Springfield, Illinois.
BEN Stokes' return to Test cricket has come in the same week he was cleared of affray at Bristol Crown Court.
Star 'keen to get back to game' STOKES' lawyer Paul Lunt read out a statement on his client's behalf on the steps outside the court.