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head of steam

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head of steam

noun phrase

Full speed and impetus: Stephanopoulos acknowledges a steady series of peaks and valleys: ''You get up a head of steam and then—oops! What's coming around the corner?''

[1835+; the date refers to the actual boiler pressure of a machine]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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