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Related to steaming: streaming
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.
Very irate and upset. I was positively steaming by the time the end of the meeting. How dare the boss speak to me that way? Mom didn't say anything, but I could tell she was steaming mad.
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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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.