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    st_hart is offline Newbie
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    Gather steam or gather speed?

    I find in this link: Gather steam - Idiom Definition - UsingEnglish.com

    Idiom Definitions for 'Gather steam'

    If something gathers speed, it moves or progresses at an increasing speed
    So, is it about gather steam or gather speed? Or both are the same? Thanks :)
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    Re: Gather steam or gather speed?

    Quote Originally Posted by st_hart View Post
    I find in this link: Gather steam - Idiom Definition - UsingEnglish.com



    So, is it about gather steam or gather speed? Or both are the same? Thanks?
    Dear st hart:

    To gather (a head of) steam is to build up enough energy, strength, momentum, support, etc. to achieve a goal.

    'The campaign really only began to gather steam in the late spring.'
    'The movement toward unionization gradually gathered steam as workers began organizing.'

    The expression comes from the way a steam engine works. Pressurized steam is the force which drives the engine. Until the steam is sufficiently pressurized it has no power to do this.

    Sometimes people say 'to build up steam,' or 'to build up a head of steam.'

    To gather steam is not the same as to gather speed. The definition you posted appears to be in error.


    I hope this is helpful,

    Petra

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