add fuel to fire
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1861, Pye Henry Chavasse, Advice to mothers:
- ... inflammation may be in the system, food would then be improper, as it would only add fuel to fire: therefore, let the cause be an over-worked stomach, ...
1867, Editor, “Our Van”, Baily's Magazine of Sports and Pastimes:
- We have no wish to add fuel to fire, and perhaps the whole circumstance of Pastorelle cutting such a very different figure to what she did on the first day