Head of steam



noun phrase

Full speed and impetus: Stephanopoulos acknowledges a steady series of peaks and valleys: ”You get up a head of steam and then—oops! What’s coming around the corner?”

[1835+; the date refers to the actual boiler pressure of a machine]

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