The new health care ads are designed to jack up sentiments to the kindling point.
He is a slightly built New Englander, in tie and shirtsleeves, whose sense of humor is about as dry and incendiary as kindling.
Hiller opens a barrel, lifts out wood particles and pieces of kindling, and lets them run through his fingers.
His riff toward the end when he bragged about winning three times in a blue state just might have been the kindling.
In this precedent, there is kindling stuff for hope, if not substantial fuel.
He rushed for the kindling, picking out a swimming raisin as he ran.
Her husband's eyes were kindling, there was a firm set about his lips, the palm of his hand lay flat upon that sheet of paper.
A gleam like laughter came into her eyes; nor did she shun his kindling gaze.
The distillation commences within an hour of kindling the fire, and is completed in six hours.
His eyes were kindling strangely as he watched the oncoming filly.
"material for lighting fire," 1510s, from present participle of kindle (v.). Earlier "a setting alight" (c.1300).
c.1200, cundel, "to set fire to, to start on fire," probably from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse kynda "to kindle, to light a fire," Swedish quindla "kindle," of uncertain origin, + frequentative suffix -le. Figurative use from c.1300. Intransitive sense "to begin to burn, to catch fire" is from c.1400. Related: Kindled; kindling.
Influenced in form, and sometimes in Middle English in sense, with kindel "to give birth" (of animals), "bring forth, produce" (c.1200), from kindel (n.) "offspring of an animal, young one," from Old English gecynd (see kind (n.)) + -el.