add fuel to the fire
This page is about the idiom add fuel to the fire
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
Contributor: Matt Errey