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Playing with fire

An artist plays with fire at the International Fire Festival in Kiev

An artist plays with fire at the International Fire Festival in Kiev. Photo: AFP/ Sergei Supinsky

Today's Phrase

If you are playing with fire you are doing something which could be dangerous.

Examples:

Climbing that mountain in this bad weather is playing with fire.

He was playing with fire when he swam across that river at night!

Take note

If you add fuel to the fire it means you make a bad situation even worse.

Examples:

John's poor excuse for being late just added fuel to the fire. Jane was furious.

Interesting fact

The verb 'to fire' can also mean to shoot. In military battles, soldiers were commanded to "Fire!" when they had to start shooting at the enemy. 'Enemy fire' is what they got in return.

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