crush and steam

perpend

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American English
... I enjoyed the crush and steam of the place.

Any ideas as to what this means? I read it in a magazine from the Financial Times. It was about a restaurant in NYC.
 
  • Parla

    Member Emeritus
    English - US
    It's not an expression I've heard or would use (and I don't think that crush and steam are things I'd enjoy with my meal, either), but whoever wrote this seems to be saying that he or she really liked the fact that the restaurant was crowded and either extremely hot or extremely busy. (This is an unusual use of the word "steam" and it could mean either.)
     

    perpend

    Banned
    American English
    Thanks Parla. That gets me a couple steps further and is very plausible. I had no clue. It just sounds odd in American English.
     
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