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    steaming

    Hi,

    What does the "steaming" mean in this sentence?


    The president was reported to be steaming mad on hearing the news.


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    Re: steaming

    '...steaming mad' means 'very angry'.

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    Re: steaming

    But here it works as an adjective, right?

    And are two adjectives together fine?

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    Re: steaming

    Yes to both questions.

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    Re: steaming

    Surely it's an adverb, modifying mad?

    It was somewhat hot, not very hot, very hot, steaming hot. Steaming tells you how hot.
    He was a bit mad, somewhat mad, very mad, steaming mad. Steaming tells you how angry.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: steaming

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Surely it's an adverb, modifying mad?

    It was somewhat hot, not very hot, very hot, steaming hot. Steaming tells you how hot.
    He was a bit mad, somewhat mad, very mad, steaming mad. Steaming tells you how angry.
    Thanks a lot, BB and Rover.

    Quote from OED:

    b.2.b quasi-adv. in phr. steaming hot.

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