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steamed up

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steam

verb

  1. To anger; make furious: I steam easily/ It steams me to hear that our fair burg is the Crime Capital of the World (1922+)
  2. To make someone hotly amorous: Be thrilled by, chilled by, and steamed by Gilbert and Garbo (1970s+)

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let off steam

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  • The Klondyke had been steamed up and ready to leave for more than an hour.

    The Brand Therese Broderick
  • In this shadow we steamed up—very slowly, as you may imagine.

    Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
  • The next day we steamed up the long, land-locked gulf of Narenta.

    Albania E. F. Knight
  • Then they steamed up the coast to Pernambuco, and on to the West Indies.

  • The Forth looked perfect as we steamed up to our harbour anchorage.

    A Girl's Ride in Iceland Ethel Brilliana Alec-Tweedie
  • In the night the vessel turned back and steamed up the James.

    Campfire and Battlefield Rossiter Johnson
  • At length they got safely on board the Union and steamed up for Hull.

  • We left some time in September, and steamed up to Nova Scotia, then across.

  • They're cookin' up these overt acts to get the people all steamed up till they're ready to fight.

    The Martian Cabal Roman Frederick Starzl
  • I'm not steamed up; maybe I'll reason with him better because I'm not.

    Direct Wire Clee Garson
Idioms and Phrases with steamed up

steamed up

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. [ ; early 1900s ]
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