He was throbbing with repressed energy, like a great engine with steam up.
I could get steam up mighty quick with that gas arrangement.
She had passed well to seaward of the Fiona, and noticed that she was standing by with steam up.
I should infer from all I hear that he has got the steam up.
It was the work of only a few hours to get the boats manned, with coal aboard and steam up.
I know what women are, even the easy-goin' kind, when they've got steam up.
The vessels had steam up, and seemed to be ready for action at any moment.
Yes, sir; there are two with the steam up, the Rotterdam and the Hamburgh.
I got steam up in a boiler on deck, and another little engine starts hauling at the grapnel.
He has orders to hold three trains, steam up, night and day.
Old English steam "vapor, fume," from Proto-Germanic *staumaz (cf. Dutch stoom), of unknown origin. Steam age first attested 1941. Steam heat as a method of temperature control recorded from 1904.
Old English stemen, stymen "to emit a scent or odor," from the root of steam (n.). Slang meaning "to make angry" is from 1922. Related: Steamed; steaming.
To rob someone thoroughly and subtly; strip someone
[1974+; fr the notion that the person being robbed must or might as well be blind]