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Can 'steam sb' be slang for 'overtake sb'?
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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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 ]
It's in the AHD as to become very angry:
steam - Dictionary definition and pronunciation - Yahoo! Education
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
The one in the OP's avatar looks like watermelon to me.