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1. verb, informal To be or become angry. I was steaming for nearly an hour over what happened in the meeting. She just needs to steam for a while. She'll be back once she's had a chance to calm down.
2. noun, informal Energy, motivation, or resolve. We're going to have to get some steam up if we want to win this game! I started writing a book last summer, but I ran out of steam about halfway through.

steam (someone or something)

1. To cause someone to become angry. Boy, her email really steams me! How dare she talk to us like that?
2. To use steam to cook something. I just have to finish steaming the veggies, then we can eat. How long do you think it will take for them to steam the dumplings?
3. To use steam to remove something from something else. A: "Do you think this dress will be OK once I steam it?" B: "I don't know, it's pretty wrinkled." You have to steam these seals off if you don't want to damage the paper underneath.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

steamed (up)

1. angry. Now, now, don't get so steamed up! She is really massively steamed.
2. Sl. intoxicated and fighting. He was really steamedand could hardly stand up. By midnight, Larry was too steamed to drive home, and he had to spend the night.
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steaming (mad)

Fig. very angry; very mad; very upset. The steaming coach yelled at the clumsy players. The principal was steaming mad when he found that his office had been vandalized.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


1. tv. to anger someone. The prof steamed the class with the long assignment.
2. in. to be angry. They steamed for a while and then did as they were told.


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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
References in classic literature ?
Phileas Fogg had only twenty-four hours more in which to get to London; that length of time was necessary to reach Liverpool, with all steam on.
"Why, George, bless me, if here isn't a steam launch!"
Another good way we discovered of irritating the aristocratic type of steam launch, was to mistake them for a beanfeast, and ask them if they were Messrs.
Old ladies, not accustomed to the river, are always intensely nervous of steam launches.
And the Furst Bismarck, the Hermann, and the Germanicus steamed parallel to them and drew ahead of them, fighting heavily.
The American gunfire ceased, except for a few heroic shots, but they still steamed on, obstinately unsubdued, bloody, battered, and wrathfully resistant, spitting bullets at the airships and unmercifully pounded by the German ironclads.
Good!' He then steamed back to his Dock, put it carefully in order, took down his hat, looked round the Dock, said 'Good-bye!' and puffed away on his own account.
I was reminded of it, however, by the sight of the same pair of simple pilgrims at whom we had laughed so heartily when Apollyon puffed smoke and steam into their faces at the commencement of our journey.
Smooth-it-away, "for Apollyon is putting on the steam again."
They were the same whom Apollyon and ourselves had persecuted with taunts, and gibes, and scalding steam, at the commencement of our journey--the same whose unworldly aspect and impressive words had stirred my conscience amid the wild revellers of Vanity Fair.
A steam ferry boat, the last improvement on this important route, lay at the river side, puffing, snorting, and emitting all those other disagreeable utterances which betoken the departure to be immediate.
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He adds: "Using steam can also disrupt the normal environment of the vagina." Vaginal steaming involves squatting over a pot of herbs and steaming hot liquid in order to "cleanse" the vagina.
But the woman followed an advice from a traditional Chinese doctor who said getting hot steam into her vagina would help her fix her condition, Forbes ( reported .
The Steam on the Road event will take place at the Railway on Saturday, August 10, and Sunday, August 11.