kaataa bensaa liekkeihin

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Finnish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Literally "to pour gasoline on flames". A modern alteration of the now-rarer form kaataa öljyä liekkeihin (to pour oil on flames), calquing (directly or via another language) Latin oleum camino addo (to add oil to the furnace).

Verb[edit]

kaataa bensaa liekkeihin

  1. (idiomatic) to add fuel to the fire