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add fuel to the fire

UK also add fuel to the flames to make an argument or bad situation worse: The discovery that the government was aware of the cover-up has really added fuel to the fire.
(Definition of add fuel to the fire from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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add fuel to the fire

also add insult to injury
to make a bad situation worse: The President said he wouldn’t add fuel to the fire by commenting without knowing all the facts. I was late and, to add insult to injury, forgot my keys.
(Definition of add fuel to the fire from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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