Jonathon Green slang at ABECEDARY.NET
Sun Dec 4 09:28:32 UTC 2005

Wilson Gray wrote:
> Another one new to me.
> <http://news.com.com/Whats+the+buzz+Teens+cant+stand>
> "... [Y]ouths swarm into stores and begin stealing en masse, a phenomenon
> known in Britain as "steaming."
> --
> -Wilson Gray
It's been around since the 1980s. The earliest uses seem to link to mass
muggings of the passengers on underground trains in London. I have
always assumed that it is based on the vb. 'steam in', to attack, to
commit oneself wholeheartedly.


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