head of steam

noun phrase

: strong driving force : momentum
frequent rallies helped the movement develop a head of steam

Examples of head of steam in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Matthew Tkachuk got Florida on the board 1:53 later with a quick-release finish over Skinner after Evan Rodrigues stole the puck along the boards and fed it to Tkachuk with a head of steam low in the zone. Bailey Johnson, Washington Post, 19 June 2024 That does not allow players to gather the same head of steam for those tremendously violent collisions that occur with traditional kickoffs. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, 24 Mar. 2024 Messi ran onto the errant pass and was suddenly dribbling toward the goal with a full head of steam. Dylan Hernández, Los Angeles Times, 26 Feb. 2024 There is a head of steam behind doing this, particularly in the U.S. TIME, 21 Feb. 2024 Don’t go in looking for a legislative savior: The film’s parade of pro-police presidents, from Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon (who expressly used crime in his scare campaigns targeted at suburban whites) to Barack Obama and Joe Biden, is the movie’s most effective head of steam. Los Angeles Times Staff, Los Angeles Times, 19 Jan. 2024 Baseball is a game of rhythm and repetition and — often in October — momentum, but the winner of Saturday night’s National League Division Series opener between the Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks won’t be able to build a bigger head of steam Sunday because the series is dark. Mike Digiovanna, Los Angeles Times, 7 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1838, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of head of steam was in 1838

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“Head of steam.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/head%20of%20steam. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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