get (some) steam up

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get (some) steam up

1. To gradually pick up or grow in strength, momentum, power, influence, etc. Though few believed that the independence campaign would have a chance of succeeding, lately it's been getting steam up.
2. To work or prepare to work hard; to draw upon reserves of energy, strength, resolve, etc., for a difficulty or challenge ahead. We're going to have to get some steam up if we want to win this game!
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get (some) steam up

 
1. Lit. [for a steam engine] to build up steam pressure and become more powerful. As the engine got up steam, it began to move faster.
2. Fig. to begin to be stronger and more powerful. The movement to cut taxes is getting up some steam. Our little organization just couldn't get up enough steam to become effective.
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