He was throbbing with repressed energy, like a great engine with steam up.
"Captain Blastblow had steam up in the morning, as directed," continued Washburn.
She had passed well to seaward of the Fiona, and noticed that she was standing by with steam up.
I could get steam up mighty quick with that gas arrangement.
It was the work of only a few hours to get the boats manned, with coal aboard and steam up.
I should infer from all I hear that he has got the steam up.
The vessels had steam up, and seemed to be ready for action at any moment.
I know what women are, even the easy-goin' kind, when they've got steam up.
I got steam up in a boiler on deck, and another little engine starts hauling at the grapnel.
Yes, sir; there are two with the steam up, the Rotterdam and the Hamburgh.
Old English steam "vapor, fume," from Proto-Germanic *staumaz (cf. Dutch stoom), of unknown origin. Steam age first attested 1941. Steam heat as a method of temperature control recorded from 1904.
Old English stemen, stymen "to emit a scent or odor," from the root of steam (n.). Slang meaning "to make angry" is from 1922. Related: Steamed; steaming.