add fuel to the fire
Meaning: If you add fuel to the fire, you do something to make a bad situation even worse.
- People are already unhappy, and if the government allows oil prices to increase it'll just be adding fuel to the fire.
- If Billy's angry, don't say anything. You'll just be adding fuel to the fire.
Origin: Probably metaphorical, from the fact that adding a fuel, like petrol or wood, to a fire will make it burn brighter and hotter.
Our workers are already upset, and you'll just add fuel to the fire if you
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Contributor: Matt Errey