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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.
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stoke something up

tv. to start something, such as an engine. Stoke up your motorcycle and let’s get going.
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Unlike surrounding parishes, Stoke did not include large areas of wood and wasteland, instead clay soil gave rise to a tile making industry which flourished in the Middle Ages.
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Walsall - already promoted to Division One - never got to grips with the passion and commitment of the Stoke youngsters.
Stoke always looked more likely to score in what proved a very tough encounter against lowly Wycombe.
He previously held senior sales positions at Foundry and Datacraft/Dimension Data, and brings to Stoke an exceptional level of experience in working with the major carriers and partners in the region.
From September 1966, Stoke SMB School and Stoke Girls SM School were combined and later moved to the Dane Road site (Stoke Park).
As an attacking force, therefore, Stoke are no better than relegation standard.
STOKE City boast just one major honour in their history, the 1972 League Cup success.
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Summary: London [UK], Nov 30 (ANI): England's hopes of bringing Ben Stokes back into the Test fold received a major boost as New Zealand domestic side Canterbury signed the all-rounder as their overseas player.