fan the flames
Intensify or stir up feelings; exacerbate an explosive situation. For example, She already found him attractive, but his letters really fanned the flames, or His speech fanned the flames of racial dissension.
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You would not think it too much to set the whole province in flames so that you could have your way with this wretched child.St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini
Sleek finds it far harder work than fortune-making; but he pursues his Will-o'-the-Wisp with untiring energy.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
She took the fan from Madame Ratignolle and began to fan both herself and her companion.
At length only four or five flames remained, feebly wavering in their pools of melted wax.The Boarded-Up House|Augusta Huiell Seaman
She bathed Madame Ratignolle's face with cologne, while Robert plied the fan with unnecessary vigor.