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vent (one's) spleen

To voice one's anger. Mom's been venting her spleen to me for an hour already. Apparently, Aunt Marie has wronged her yet again.
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vent one's spleen

Fig. to get rid of one's feelings of anger caused by someone or something by attacking someone or something else. Jack vented his spleen at his wife whenever things went badly at work. Peter vented his spleen on his car by kicking it when it broke down.
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vent one's spleen

Express one's anger, as in Some people see town council meetings as a place where they can vent their spleen. This expression uses vent in the sense of "air," and spleen in the sense of "anger," alluding to the fact that this organ was once thought to be the seat of ill humor and melancholy. [First half of 1600s]
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vent your spleen

If you vent your spleen, you express your anger about something. He took up the attack, venting his spleen against the government for a full hour.
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vent your spleen

give free expression to your anger or displeasure.
2003 Guardian Woodgate 's clumsy challenge on the striker was not contested, though the visitors wasted little time in venting spleen at both the culpable Danish midfielder and, erroneously, the young pretender.
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vent your ˈspleen

(literary) express your anger in speech or writing: He vented his spleen on the assembled crowd.In the past, people believed that the spleen (= a small organ near the stomach that controls the quality of the blood cells) was responsible for making someone feel sad or bad-tempered. From this, it came to mean a person’s anger.
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vent one’s spleen

tv. to release one’s anger. I just feel like I have to vent my spleen at somebody.
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The thymus and spleen of mice were separated and weighed.
Out of 54 spleens observed for the present study, 21 (38.
This work suggests that therapeutics aimed at modulating dendritic migration in the spleen could ameliorate the potentially life-threatening impact of alloimmunization in patients who require lifelong RBC support.
It was also observed that the spleens of diabetic rats exhibited an increase in capsule thickness with highly distributed trabeculae and a relatively high degree of fibrosis (Fig.
It is important to differentiate splenules from wandering spleens, although infarction of the two may present with similar imaging findings.
Triple-phase CT is usually performed to differentiate pancreatic lesions, and the attenuation of accessory spleens in the pancreas is usually identical to that of the spleen in all three phases.
In patients with myelofibrosis the bone marrow is replaced by scar tissue leading to the formation of blood in sites other than the bone marrow such as the liver and the spleen and causing enlargement of those organs.
In a retrospective study on 108 patients with giant spleens (>1 000 g) Patel et al.
Microscopically only 2 of 32 spleens examined showed degeneration or necrosis; pyknosis and karyorrhexis of lymphocytes in some corpuscles was observed in one and slight necrosis of the malpighian follicle in the other (Pant & Vijayaraghavan).
DUE to the location of the spleen just under the ribs, beneath the left side of the diaphragm, it's venerable.
Accessory spleens are usually few in number, totaling six or less.
Homogenates of lungs, kidneys, and spleens were tested by hemagglutination inhibition (HI) assay.