run out of (or lose) steam

run out of (or lose) steam
run out of (or lose) steam
informal
lose impetus or enthusiasm.
steam

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  • run out of steam — (informal) To be forced to stop through loss of impetus, strength or energy • • • Main Entry: ↑steam * * * run out of/lose/steam phrase to lose energy, enthusiasm, or importance David seems to be running out of steam …   Useful english dictionary

  • lose steam — run out of/lose/steam phrase to lose energy, enthusiasm, or importance David seems to be running out of steam. Thesaurus: to be, or to become tiredsynonym Main entry: steam …   Useful english dictionary

  • run out of steam — ► run out of steam informal lose impetus or enthusiasm. Main Entry: ↑steam …   English terms dictionary

  • run out of steam — British, informal, American & Australian, informal to suddenly lose the energy or interest to continue doing what you are doing. She d been talking for two hours and was just starting to run out of steam. I worked really well for two months of… …   New idioms dictionary

  • steam — noun 1》 the hot vapour into which water is converted when heated, which condenses in the air into a mist of minute water droplets. 2》 the expansive force of this vapour used as a source of power for machines. 3》 momentum; impetus: the dispute… …   English new terms dictionary

  • steam — I UK [stiːm] / US [stɪm] noun [uncountable] ** 1) a) the hot wet substance like a thin cloud that is produced when water is heated The steam from the volcano rose into the air. a steam bath b) the wet substance that forms on windows and mirrors… …   English dictionary

  • steam — steam1 [ stim ] noun uncount ** 1. ) the hot wet substance like a thin cloud that is produced when water is heated: The steam from the volcano rose 3,000 meters into the air. a steam bath a ) the wet substance that forms on windows and mirrors… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • steam — steam1 W3 [sti:m] n [U] ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(gas)¦ 2¦(mist on surface)¦ 3¦(power)¦ 4 let/blow off steam 5 get/pick/build up steam 6 run out of steam 7 under your own steam 8¦(railway)¦ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [: Old English;] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • run — Synonyms and related words: Brownian movement, Everyman, Indian file, Le Mans, Lehrfreiheit, Public, Zeitgeist, abide, abrade, abrasion, abscond, absquatulate, academic freedom, acciaccatura, acquire, act, adolescent stream, advance, affluence,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • steam — n. & v. n. 1 a the gas into which water is changed by boiling, used as a source of power by virtue of its expansion of volume. b a mist of liquid particles of water produced by the condensation of this gas. 2 any similar vapour. 3 a energy or… …   Useful english dictionary

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