pick up steam

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Definition of pick up steam

1 : to become more popular The idea began to pick up steam around the turn of the century.
2 informal : to slowly begin to move ahead in a faster and more effective way The project is slowly picking up steam.

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“Pick up steam.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pick%20up%20steam. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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