Idioms

    blow/let off steam, Informal. to give vent to one's repressed emotions, especially by talking or behaving in an unrestrained manner: Don't take her remarks too seriously—she was just blowing off steam.

Origin of steam

before 1000; Middle English steme, Old English stēam; cognate with Dutch stoom

Related forms

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British Dictionary definitions for steam up (1 of 2)

steam up


verb (adverb)

to cover (windows, etc) or (of windows, etc) to become covered with a film of condensed steam
(tr; usually passive) slang to excite or make angryhe's all steamed up about the delay

British Dictionary definitions for steam up (2 of 2)

steam

/ (stiːm) /

noun

verb

See also steam up

Word Origin for steam

Old English; related to Dutch stoom steam, perhaps to Old High German stioban to raise dust, Gothic stubjus dust
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Science definitions for steam up

steam

[ stēm ]

Water in its gaseous state, especially at a temperature above the boiling point of water (above 100°C, or 212°F, at sea level). See Note at vapor.
A mist of condensed water vapor.
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Idioms and Phrases with steam up

steam


see blow off steam; full speed (steam) ahead; get up steam; run out of steam; under one's own steam.

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