steam up
transitive verb Date: 1922 to make angry or excited ; arouse

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • steam up — (something) to become covered with a thin layer of small water drops. Going into the warm room steamed my glasses up. They were sitting in the back seat of the car and the windows were all steamed up …   New idioms dictionary

  • steam up — MIST (UP/OVER), fog (up), become misty/misted. → steam * * * verb Etymology: steam (II) + up, adverb transitive verb 1. : to cover with steam or vapor …   Useful english dictionary

  • steam up — phrasal verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms steam up : present tense I/you/we/they steam up he/she/it steams up present participle steaming up past tense steamed up past participle steamed up to cover something with steam, or to become… …   English dictionary

  • steam up — 1) PHR V PASSIVE If someone gets steamed up about something, they are very annoyed about it. [get V ed P about n] The general manager may have got steamed up about nothing... [get V ed P] I remember going to the lecture in my first week and… …   English dictionary

  • steam up — in. to drink heavily; to get drunk. (See also steamed (up).) □ Fred and Mike were steaming up in the back room. □ Let’s go down to the tavern and steam up, okay? …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • steam up — I v To excite, agitate. They tried without success to steam up his courage. 1910s II v To make angry, mad. Don t get so steamed up over the issue. 1920s …   Historical dictionary of American slang

  • steam up — phr verb Steam up is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑glasses, ↑goggles, ↑window …   Collocations dictionary

  • steam up — Synonyms and related words: annoy, arouse, awake, awaken, blow the coals, blow up, call forth, call up, charge, cock, enkindle, enrage, excite, fan, fan the fire, fan the flame, feed the fire, fire, flame, foment, frenzy, get up steam, heat,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • steam up — verb a) To become steamy. The bathroom mirror steamed up when he opened the shower door. b) To become coated with condensation. To fog up …   Wiktionary

  • steam up — upset, excited, worried    Poor Emil would get all steamed up when his car wouldn t start …   English idioms

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