Fire

bright spark

Meaning: an intelligent and lively person (humorously)

Example: Emma is the bright spark of the school – she scored the highest marks in the class. Read on

fan the flames

Meaning: make a bad situation even worse

Example: The president's racist comments are really going to fan the flames of hatred among the crowd. Read on

out of the frying pan into the fire

Meaning: to go from a bad to worse situation

Example: In a bid to gain independence, she agreed to get married early, not knowing she was jumping out of the frying pan into the fire. Read on

under fire

Meaning: being shot at

Example: The politician came under fire after it was discovered that he had spend campaign money on lavish parties. Read on

a burnt child dreads the fire

Meaning: everyone avoids repeating a hurting experience again in life

Example: After his first accident, Sam is quite careful in driving now because a burnt child dreads a fire. Read on

add fuel to the flames

Meaning: an action, whether verbal or physical that makes a bad situation even worse

Example: The presidential candidate’s provocative speech in these violent times is only going to add fuel to the flames. Read on

burn fingers

Meaning: to bear an unpleasant result of an action that has been taken in the past

Example: The minister was warned not to venture into this sort of a contract. If he wants to burn his fingers in spite of that then he may continue. Read on

on the back burner

Meaning: to put something (that is to be done) for later

Example: The assignment is on the back burner while I concentrate on writing this play. Read on

burn the midnight oil

Meaning: work long hours and hard

Example: It is very very hard assignment, and I had to burn the midnight oil to get it completed on time. Read on

burn the candle at both the ends

Meaning: exhaust someone's energies or resources by leading a hectic life

Example: Since starting my new job I have been burning the candle at both ends. Read on

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put your foot in it

Meaning: say something (by mistake) that upsets, humiliates, or embarrasses someone

Example: Carla put her foot right in it when she congratulated her neighbour on being pregnant. It turns out she's not expecting but had just put on weight. Read on

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