full steam/speed ahead

Definition of full steam/speed ahead

used to say that something is being done with as much speed and power as possible
  • The work started slowly, but now it's full steam ahead.
  • The campaign is going full speed ahead.

Word by Word Definitions

full play
  1. : containing as much or as many as is possible or normal

  2. : complete especially in detail, number, or duration

  3. : lacking restraint, check, or qualification

  1. : very, extremely

  2. : entirely

  3. : straight, squarely

  1. : the highest or fullest state or degree

  2. : the utmost extent

  1. : to become full

  2. : to make full in sewing

  1. : to shrink and thicken (woolen cloth) by moistening, heating, and pressing

steam play
  1. : a vapor arising from a heated substance

  2. : the invisible vapor into which water is converted when heated to the boiling point

  3. : the mist formed by the condensation on cooling of water vapor

  1. : to give out as fumes : exhale

  2. : to apply steam to

  3. : to rise or pass off as vapor

speed play
  1. : prosperity in an undertaking : success

  2. : the act or state of moving swiftly : swiftness

  3. : rate of motion: such as

  1. : to prosper in an undertaking

  2. : get along, fare

  3. : to make haste

ahead play
  1. : in a forward direction or position : forward

  2. : in front

  3. : in, into, or for the future


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