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English definition of “get/pick up steam”

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get/pick up steam

to start working much more effectively: After the first three months, the fundraising project really started to pick up steam.
Translations of “get/pick up steam”
in Chinese (Traditional) 加速, 加大馬力…
in Chinese (Simplified) 加速, 加大马力…
(Definition of get/pick up steam from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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