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To make someone very angry or upset. A noun or pronoun can be used between "steam" and "up." Hearing her talk about you like that really steamed me up.
1. Very angry or upset. Hearing her talk about you like that made me really steamed up.
2. Heavily intoxicated. Please don't get too steamed up when you're out with John tonight.
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steam someone up
1. Sl. to get someone excited. steam yourselves up and get in there and win this game! The coach can really steam up those guys.
2. si to get someone angry. This whole mess steamed me up but good. The long critical statement simply steamed up my opponent in the debate.
steam something up
to cause something to be covered with water vapor due to the presence of steam. Our breaths steamed the windows up. The hot shower steamed up the mirror.
1. Lit. to become covered with a film of steam or water vapor. The windows steamed up and we had to wipe them so we could see out. The window has steamed up, and I can't see.
2. to drink heavily; to get drunk. Fred and Mike were steaming up in the back room.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Stirred up, aroused with ardor, excitement, anger, or other strong emotion, as in She was all steamed up about the results. The precise meaning depends on the context. [Colloquial; early 1900s]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. To fill some area with steam: The shower always steams up the mirror. The pot of boiling water is steaming the room up.
2. To make someone very angry. Used chiefly in the passive: I was really steamed up over the insult.
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steam someone up
1. tv. to get someone excited. The coach can really steam up those guys.
2. tv. to get someone angry. (see also steamed (up).) This whole mess steamed me up but good.
in. to drink heavily; to get drunk. (see also steamed (up).) Let’s go down to the tavern and steam up, okay?
1. mod. angry. Now, now, don’t get so steamed up!
2. mod. alcohol intoxicated and fighting. He was really steamed—and could hardly stand up. By midnight, Larry was too steamed to drive home, and he had to spend the night.
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