add fuel to the fire

  • Salvage

    Senior Member
    USA English
    I hear "add fuel to the fire" all the time, meaning adding to the emotion or intensity of a situation.

    Slightly different is "pour gas on the fire" which is like "adding fuel", but anticipates a even more inflammatory, dangerous outcome.


    Senior Member
    french France
    You add fuel to the fire when you do something that makes a bad situation worse. Example: "When those two are fighting, I don't get involved. It only adds fuel to the fire."

    autre suggestion:
    "cela ne fait qu'envenimer les choses/la situation



    Il est vrai que moi j'utilise "jeter de l'huile sur le feu" et "mettre de l'huile sur le feu", mais jamais "ajouter".