To add fuel to the fire 火上浇油

更新时间 2013年 1月 15日, 星期二 - 格林尼治标准时间10:16
Men carrying a barrel

Men carry a burning barrel on top of a pole packed with tar-soaked sticks for the annual burning of the Clavie in Scotland. Photo: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty


The 'Burning of the Clavie' is a fire festival which takes place in Burghead, Scotland, to celebrate the New Year. A 'clavie' is half of a barrel, which has been filled with tar and wood.

所谓“燃烧 Clavie”是苏格兰伯格黑地区的一个庆新年的篝火节。人们把一个充满了焦油和木炭的半个木桶称为 clavie “克拉维”。


所谓 add fuel to the fire, 就是汉语里火上浇油的意思。


Isabel was upset about her new haircut. I said it made her look like her mum, but that just added fuel to the fire and she cried even more.

Don't shout at children if they're crying, it just adds fuel to the fire.

David has had a written warning from his boss about his behaviour at work, so he's going to complain to HR. I think that's a bad idea - it will just add fuel to the fire.


如果形容某人对某事 fired up 那就是说此人对这件事充满了热情。

I'm really fired up about the big match tonight.


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