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full steam ahead

1. adjective Moving or proceeding with the utmost speed, energy, or enthusiasm. With all the legal hurdles behind us, it was full steam ahead as we began construction of the new resort. It took a while for solar panels to catch on for ordinary consumers, but now it's full steam ahead.
2. adverb As quickly and efficiently as possible; with all possible energy and determination. We'll have to go full steam ahead if we want to get this done by the deadline! We're ready to go full steam ahead once the health inspector signs off.
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full steam ahead

Fig. onward with determination. We started moving full steam ahead on the project. Full steam ahead! Let's see how fast this will go!
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full steam ahead

If you go full steam ahead with a project, you start to do it with great energy and determination. Note: The following expressions refer to the use of steam to provide power for a machine, especially a steam engine. The Government was determined to go full steam ahead with its privatisation programme. The Prime Minister declared it was full steam ahead for a fourth term of government.
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full steam (or speed) ahead

used to indicate that you should proceed with as much speed or energy as possible.
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full steam/speed aˈhead

with as much speed or energy as possible: We were working full steam ahead to finish the project by the end of April.This expression refers to the order given on a ship by the captain to the engine room.
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Beginning in the first week of 2006, we will be going full steam ahead with our testing phase and will continue testing to achieve NIJ Level III (Rifle) and Level IIIA for our material," added Powers.
Clare, who controversially poked fun at Grand National winner Liam Treadwell's teeth days after learning a cyst was malignant, added: "It's full steam ahead.