head of steam
Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
- (idiomatic) A significant amount of energy, vigour or momentum, sufficient to make progress or succeed in a task.
2011 January 25, Paul Fletcher, “Arsenal 3 - 0 Ipswich (agg 3 - 1)”, in BBC:
- Arsenal were starting to work up a head of steam and Tractor Boys boss Paul Jewell cut an increasingly frustrated figure on the touchline.