head of steam
Date: 1972 strong driving force ; momentum <
frequent rallies helped the movement develop a head of steam
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  • (a) head of steam — energy to quickly make progress. There s no question, though, that the drive to stop capital punishment has picked up a head of steam. Etymology: based on the literal meaning of a head of steam (= the pressure that is needed in the engine of an… …   New idioms dictionary

  • get up a head of steam — get up/build up/work up/a head of steam phrase to start to become active and successful This week the campaign finally started building up a head of steam. Thesaurus: to be, or to become successfulsynonym Main entry …   Useful english dictionary

  • build up a head of steam — get up/build up/work up/a head of steam phrase to start to become active and successful This week the campaign finally started building up a head of steam. Thesaurus: to be, or to become successfulsynonym Main entry …   Useful english dictionary

  • work up a head of steam — get up/build up/work up/a head of steam phrase to start to become active and successful This week the campaign finally started building up a head of steam. Thesaurus: to be, or to become successfulsynonym Main entry …   Useful english dictionary

  • build up a head of steam — build/get/work up a head of steam to get enough energy, support, or enthusiasm to do something effectively. In the last three months the campaign has built up a good head of steam …   New idioms dictionary

  • get up a head of steam — build/get/work up a head of steam to get enough energy, support, or enthusiasm to do something effectively. In the last three months the campaign has built up a good head of steam …   New idioms dictionary

  • work up a head of steam — build/get/work up a head of steam to get enough energy, support, or enthusiasm to do something effectively. In the last three months the campaign has built up a good head of steam …   New idioms dictionary

  • full head of steam — see ↑head, 1 • • • Main Entry: ↑steam …   Useful english dictionary

  • work up a head of steam — verb a) To start becoming active and energetic. b) To become stressed Syn: build up a head of steam …   Wiktionary

  • get up a head of steam — generate enough power to move, get up to speed    If I get up a head of steam, I can knock down the door …   English idioms

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