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.
[fan-tee, fahn-] /ˈfæn ti, ˈfɑn-/ noun 1. a Kwa language spoken in Ghana that is mutually intelligible with Twi. /ˈfæntɪ/ noun 1. a language of Ghana: one of the two chief dialects of Akan Compare Twi 2. (pl) -tis, -ti. a member of a Negroid people who speak this language, inhabiting the rain forests of […]
[fahn-tan-lah-toor] /fɑ̃ tɛ̃ lɑˈtur/ noun 1. (Ignace) Henri (Joseph Théodore) [ee-nyas ahn-ree zhaw-zef tey-aw-dawr] /iˈnyas ɑ̃ˈri ʒɔˈzɛf teɪ ɔˈdɔr/ (Show IPA), 1836–1904, French painter. /French fɑ̃tɛ̃latur/ noun 1. (Ignace) Henri (Joseph Théodore) (ɑ̃ri). 1836–1904, French painter, noted for his still lifes and portrait groups
[fan-tuh-chee-nee] /ˌfæn təˈtʃi ni/ plural noun 1. puppets or marionettes manipulated by strings, wires, or mechanical devices. 2. a puppet show using these puppets. /ˌfæntəˈtʃiːnɪ/ plural noun 1. marionettes 2. puppet shows in which they are used
[fan-tod] /ˈfæn tɒd/ noun 1. Usually, fantods. a state of extreme nervousness or restlessness; the willies; the fidgets (usually preceded by the): We all developed the fantods when the plane was late in arriving. 2. Sometimes, fantods. a sudden outpouring of anger, outrage, or a similar intense emotion. /ˈfæntəd/ noun 1. crotchety or faddish behaviour […]