add fuel to the fire Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"add fuel to the fire" in British English

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add fuel to the fire

(UK also add fuel to the flames) to make an ​argument or ​badsituationworse: 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)

"add fuel to the fire" in American English

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add fuel to the fire

(also add insult to injury) to make a ​badsituationworse: 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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