pick up steam

pick up steam
to become more active, important, or full of energy

It looks like the economy is picking up steam again.

Thesaurus: to make progress, or to achieve somethingsynonym
Main entry: steam

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pick up (or get up) steam
1) generate enough pressure to drive a steam engine
2) (of a project in its early stages) gradually gain more impetus and driving force

his campaign steadily picked up steam

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  • get up (or pick up) steam — 1》 generate enough pressure to drive a steam engine. 2》 (of an activity, project, etc.) gradually gain impetus. → steam …   English new terms dictionary

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  • steam — 1 noun (U) 1 GAS the hot mist that water produces when it is boiled: Be careful of the steam from the kettle. 2 MIST ON SURFACE the mist that forms on windows, mirrors etc when warm wet air suddenly becomes cold 3 POWER power that is produced by… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • steam — noun 1》 the hot vapour into which water is converted when heated, which condenses in the air into a mist of minute water droplets. 2》 the expansive force of this vapour used as a source of power for machines. 3》 momentum; impetus: the dispute… …   English new terms dictionary

  • steam — I. noun Etymology: Middle English stem, from Old English stēam; akin to Dutch stoom steam Date: before 12th century 1. a vapor arising from a heated substance 2. a. the invisible vapor into which water is converted when heated to the boiling… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • pick up speed — (or steam) (of a vehicle) go faster; accelerate * * * pick up ˈspeed idiom to go faster • The train began to pick up speed. Main entry: ↑pickidiom …   Useful english dictionary