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    steam = overtake?

    Can 'steam sb' be slang for 'overtake sb'?

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    Re: steam = overtake?

    Quote Originally Posted by nyota View Post
    Can 'steam sb' be slang for 'overtake sb'?
    To make sy angry.

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    Re: steam = overtake?

    Hi Afit, thanks for replying. Yes, I was familiar with the 'make sb angry' meaning, I was just wondering about the particular usage I asked about in the OP. So I guess that means 'no'?

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    #4

    Re: steam = overtake?

    Quote Originally Posted by nyota View Post
    Can 'steam sb somebody' be slang for 'overtake sb somebody'?
    I've never heard it used like that. We say "He is steaming ahead" when talking about a race, to show that someone is in first place and is getting further ahead all the time.

    Please note that we encourage people not to use "sb", "sth" etc on the forum. We're aware that they're used in dictionary definitions but there are learners on this site who are true beginners so we try to use complete English words at all times.

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    Re: steam = overtake?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I've never heard it used like that. We say "He is steaming ahead" when talking about a race, to show that someone is in first place and is getting further ahead all the time.

    Please note that we encourage people not to use "sb", "sth" etc on the forum. We're aware that they're used in dictionary definitions but there are learners on this site who are true beginners so we try to use complete English words at all times.
    The power of habit, I'll be more careful. :) However, I think beginners are more familiar with abbreviations such as "sb" or "sth/ smth" precisely because of the fact they're only starting and so, using dictionaries a lot. "OP" on the other hand, which is more commonly used in here and generally accepted I think (?), might not be that clear.

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    #6

    Re: steam = overtake?

    Quote Originally Posted by Afit View Post
    To make sy angry.


    nyota: 'steam past' may be used to mean 'overtake', but only because of the 'past'. 'To steam', in this sense, just means 'to go fast'. (You might just as well think 'whiz' means 'overtake' because 'whiz past' does [=to overtake at speed).

    'Steam' can mean several other things, though I've never met it used to mean make someone angry. There is the collocation 'steaming angry' which (not unlike its near-synonym 'hopping mad') doesn't involve actual steam [or, mutatis mutandis, hopping ]

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    I am pulling a face exactly like this when spinach is served with vinegar at the canteen.



    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    'Steam' can mean several other things, though I've never met it used to mean make someone angry.
    to get someone angry. (See also steamed (up).) : This whole mess steamed me up but good.

    to anger someone. : The prof steamed the class with the long assignment.

    Steam | Define Steam at Dictionary.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by nyota View Post
    Can 'steam sb' be slang for 'overtake sb'?
    Nyota, your avatar, is this child eating something underwater? Is he eating this:



    ?

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    #10

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    The one in the OP's avatar looks like watermelon to me.

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