to make a problem worse
What does "add fuel to the fire" mean?
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add fuel to the fire
A: Steve, just leave Mary alone when she's angry.
B: I'm only trying to help.
A: But you're not. You're aggravating her.
B: I am just trying to...
A: You're not helping. You're just adding fuel to the fire.
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Author: Mark McCracken is a corporate trainer and author living in Higashi Osaka, Japan. He is the author of thousands of online articles as well as the Business English textbook, "25 Business Skills in English".