a head of steam

a head of steam

Momentum; the energy needed to move forward. The protests against the corrupt organization picked up a head of steam when the national media started covering the story.
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The ECHO reported in March that Camerons had applied for planning permission to turn the Abbey into a Head of Steam. But shortly after, the landlord Martin Angus said he was not aware of the plans and only learned of them in the ECHO.
The Abbey in Hanover Street will become a Head of Steam.
Work will begin at the venue on June 13 to convert the building into a Head of Steam with the new venue due to open early in August.
Chris Soley, chief executive at Camerons Brewery, said: "When we took over the Eye on the Tyne it was always our intention to turn this into a Head of Steam pub.
And now it is to turn one of it's boozers - the Aspire in Tynemouth - into a Head of Steam, with cask and keg craft beer, a new food menu and live music.
Hint: You'd need a head of steam to get up the hill beside this site.