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Difference between Get steamed up and Get up steam

get steamed up —(coll.) become excited, angry or very annoyed:

  • You can buy another copy of the book you’ve lost, so there’s no need to get steamed up.

Note: The expression does not correlate in meaning with the phrase steam up—(of a transparent or reflective surface) become clouded by steam:

  • My glasses steamed up so much that I had to take them off to find the car.

get up steam

1. (coll., also: put on steam) build up strength or energy; become more active:

  • It was hard for us to get up enough steam to finish the work in one day.

2. = get steamed up:

  • It’s no use talking further—we should only get up steam.