steam off

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steam something off (of) something

 and steam something
to loosen and remove something by an application of steam. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) Toby steamed the old paper off the wall. Toby steamed off the old wallpaper.
See also: off, steam
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The British lion - led away by police after a row outside a Cardiff burger joint in June - insisted Tindall had a right to let off steam off the pitch.
I wouldn't share the steam off my stovies with either of them - especially Gregg.
com)-- It is time to kick back and let the steam off for High-Frequency Traders after such an eventful April.
Moreover, the professor explained that there are many social and economic pressures that could lead to depression which in turn could drive someone to commit suicide, in addition to unemployment, no free entertainment and blowing the steam off outlets and no attention.
But the large flows, which have taken the steam off a market that has been strong for months, will likely be capped after the state oil giant re-started its hydro-cracking unit following an outage that sparked heavier exports, traders said.
It seemed as though all the bitterness of life was being served onto her plate, and, with the steam off the stew, there came swirling up from the depths of her soul a kind of rancid staleness.
There's something about playing music that lets steam off for me," he added.
The fact that this devastating disease is underreported and almost invisible in the political discourse is another theme that rises from the passages like smelly steam off an urban grate.
Even when you're distracted, the "keep warm" function will shut the steam off but keep the food warm -- so you don't have to worry about overcooking.
We all need to blow a little steam off from time to time and you must allow them to spread their wings.
With large stockpiles of crude and increased output by Opec failing to take the steam off the market, the cost of crude oil hit a new high above $75 a barrel this month.
Hopes that a new pipeline being built between the UK and Norway will take some of the steam off gas prices, were being dampened by a question mark over when it would go into operation, Mr King said.
I put drink down as part of our culture and told myself that they were entitled to let a bit of steam off.
Rush Limbaugh, self-described "epitome of morality and virtue," dismissed these crimes as the antics of hard-pressed troops "having a good time" and seeking "to blow some steam off," without realizing what this would intimate about the character of our military at large.
Mystery and ruins rise like steam off the jungle at Chichen Itza, one of the most picturesque and historically significant archaeological sites in Mexico.