American Idioms and Expressions

Add Fuel To The Fire Idiom

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add fuel to the fire
What does add fuel to the fire mean?
to make a problem worse, to make an angry person angrierThe company added fuel to the fire when they criticized the angry workers.
add fuel to the fire
What does add fuel to the fire mean?
to make a problem worse, to make an angry person more angry The company added fuel to the fire when they criticized the workers.


Some Random Idioms
get one's wires crossed
What does "get one's wires crossed" mean?
to get confused about something We got our wires crossed and we both went to different places for our meeting.

up against
What does "up against" mean?
having trouble withHe came up against many problems when he went to university.
put one's thinking cap on
What does "put one's thinking cap on" mean?
start thinking in a serious mannerThe boys put on their thinking caps and tried to think of a new name for the school newspaper.
lost and gone forever
What does "lost and gone forever" mean?
permanently lostMy father's pocket knife is lost and gone forever and we will probably never see it again.
Avowed intent
What does "Avowed intent" mean?
If someone makes a solemn or serious promise publicly to attempt to reach a certain goal, this is their avowed intent.
hold one`s breath
What does "hold one`s breath" mean?
stop breathing for a moment, stop doing something and wait until something happensI held my breath and waited to see if my name had been called for an interview with the movie company.
cash on the barrelhead
What does " cash on the barrelhead" mean?
to pay cash to buy somethingIt was cash only at the store and we were forced to pay cash on the barrelhead for everything.
curry favor with (someone)
What does "curry favor with (someone)" mean?
to flatter someone to get his or her help or friendshipOur boss has been working hard to curry favor with the other members of the committee.
be out
What does "be out" mean?
to be away from one's work or home My friend was out so I could not visit him.

pay the piper
What does "pay the piper" mean?
to face the results of one's actions, to receive punishment for somethingI was forced to pay the piper when I realized that I had been late with my university essay.
hang out one's shingle
What does "hang out one's shingle" mean?
to give public notice of the opening of a doctor's office etc.The doctor decided to hang out his shingle as soon as he finished medical school.
make (someone) eat crow
What does "make (someone) eat crow" mean?
to cause someone to admit an error or retract a statementWe made our boss eat crow when we discovered the mistake that he made with our work schedule.

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