Definition of add fuel to the fire (or flames) in English:

add fuel to the fire (or flames)

phrase

  • Cause a situation or conflict to become more intense.

    • ‘Regardless, the behavior of these security guards only adds fuel to the fire of the far left, in that the more things like this happen, the more they can cry about police state tactics.’
    • ‘And yet some free traders have gotten on board with the desire to use protectionist means to boost prices and thereby add fuel to the fire of socialized medicine.’
    • ‘But there is another group that adds fuel to the fire, and that is predatory young men.’
    • ‘It is very important therefore that emotions, particularly on the volatile land expropriation issue, be kept in check on all sides; and the President should show the way instead of adding fuel to the fire in this regard.’
    • ‘By any sensible logic, fighting terrorism with war is only counter-productive and in the long run only adds fuel to the fire.’
    • ‘I think having this number of men held for this length of time without trial simply adds fuel to the fire in the Middle East.’
    • ‘It adds fuel to the fire, and to the pain and hatred on the other side.’
    • ‘We are all in the game to promote football and talking down to a player is simply adding fuel to the flames and has to be stamped out.’
    • ‘There is no denying that the mass media and pop song fans play a vital role in adding fuel to the flames.’
    • ‘I'm even afraid to respond to this, for fear that it adds fuel to the fire.’
    increase, magnify, amplify, augment, intensify, heighten, deepen, enhance, boost, inflate, escalate
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