What does "add fuel to the fire" mean?

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add fuel to the fire


to make a problem worse


conversational, informal

Sample Dialogue:

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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