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She took it upon herself to stoke the campfire whenever it began to dim.
  to add fuel or stir a fire to make it burn hotter; or to make feelings stronger
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  • She took it upon herself to stoke the campfire whenever it began to dim.
  • By refusing to listen, she stoked his frustration and anger.
  • Will she stoke or douse the flames of anger?
  • Carefully he stoked the fire once more and sat down to wait for both the flames and his feelings to come alive.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear

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  • Then I hear him laughing, a sadistic chuckle that stokes my defiance.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • The north wind gusted again, stoking the fire and sending my hair writhing in all directions.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • After she agreed to that, he was pretty upbeat, if not stoked, about Michigan.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
  • It’s just the gross retail price of the commerce you’ve stoked.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • I think they stoke up high tuitions just so they can complain.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • I tumble down with them, the fire rising as though someone has stoked the flames.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four

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  • I busied myself by the log burner, stoking the fire and sorting through the basket for logs of the right size.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • And the only way to do that is with a true conflagration—flames stoked by blood.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • I kept stoking my conversation with Kevin.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Stargirl
  • Really stoking him now, making him slam his candy bar to the ground.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Maniac Magee
  • She stokes the fire of her hatred, feeding it tidbits about bigoted idiot Dina and spineless mushmouth Ralph, because she knows that just beyond the rage is a sorrow so enervating it could render her immobile.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • I was pretty stoked.
    Bethany Hamilton  --  Soul Surfer
  • Mother was out in the kitchen and I’d been stoking up the fire.
    James Lincoln Collier  --  My Brother Sam is Dead
  • In June 2012, President Obama stoked conservative furor by issuing an executive order deferring for two years the deportation of immigrants who would have qualified for the DREAM Act had it passed.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • The commandant makes a speech about virtue and family and the emblematic fire that Schulpforta boys carry everywhere they go, a bowl of pure flame to stoke the nation’s hearths, fuhrer this and fuhrer that, his words crashing into Werner’s ears in a familiar battery, one of the most daring boys muttering afterward, "Oh, I’ve got a hot bowl of something in my core."
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • The kids loved their crabmeat savagely peppered and stoked with hot sauce.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • The light was the light of the very early afternoon—everything stoked up, the blaze got truly going, but with a hint of the blaze about to consume itself.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • Then I stoked the fire in her hearth before returning down the stairs.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • Under the ovens, the fires are stoked with sawdust.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • The liquid cools my tongue, but when I finish the water it’s as if someone stokes it again.
    Simone Elkeles  --  Perfect Chemistry
  • The sky was already a blaze of light, and the air stoking up rapidly.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • He was humming merrily as he stoked the fire.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • All around them, beyond the dim glow of the fire Parwana has stoked from shrubs and brittle-looking weeds, is the desolate, endless expanse of sand and mountains swallowed up by the dark.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • Percy threw Fred an extremely nasty look and stoked the fire vigorously to bring the kettle back to the boil.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Two were standing, stoking the flames.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • The boy I’d seen in the last dream was stoking the bellows, except he was taller now, almost my age.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • He bent down and stoked the coals.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Scott’s words were like blows to his stomach, but they only stoked his anger.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • Every day the Germans came to fetch men to stoke coal on the military trains.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • We stoked the campfire for the night, unfolded the bedrolls.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Burned
  • Though Babi worked at Silo, Kabul’s gigantic bread factory, where he labored amid the heat and the humming machinery stoking the massive ovens and mill grains all day, he was a university-educated man.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • Now he had to stoke them into a frenzy to match his own.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • When he came he had a load of dry boughs on his shoulder to stoke his fire at suppertime.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • He volunteered to carry coal from storage bins, and he stoked the building’s boiler.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • His speculative expression stoked the flames of my smoldering anger at the same time that it worried me.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • We hung our heads, pushed back our chairs, and filed out to help stoke up the firebox in the kitchen house.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • She would have to keep an eye on him, as she would on anyone who stoked their potential for Black Imagination with the tinder of hatred.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • So one by one the old, dingy, and unsanitary factories will come down—it will be cheaper to build new; and so the steamships will be provided with stoking machinery, and so the dangerous trades will be made safe, or substitutes will be found for their products.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • I spotted Charles Beckendorf from the Hephaestus cabin stoking the forge outside the camp armory.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Titan’s Curse
  • Keep stoking the furnaces.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • Blackjack the pegasus was an old friend of mine, so I tried not to get too annoyed by the craters he’d just put in the hood; but I didn’t think my stepdad would be real stoked.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • Hagrid did not emerge again, but smoke furled from the chimney, so Hagrid could not be so badly injured that he was unequal to stoking the fire.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • The Seattle people passed into memory and winter savings accounts; stoves were stoked, fires banked, books taken down, quilts mended.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • The black boys stoke the sucking pink mouths of the Vegetables a shade too fast for swallowing, and the Mechanical Soft squeezes out down their little knobs of chins onto the greens.
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • They could hear their mother stoking the fire in the room below, which made them whisper for fear that she could hear.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Rabbi Flam continues stoking the fire: "What about being a survivor of sexual abuse?" he asks cheerily.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
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