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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 your spleen

to express your anger Now you can vent your spleen about driving conditions on area freeways – you can e-mail the director of the Department of Transportation.
Etymology: from the idea in the past that the spleen (an organ in the body) was the place where evil intentions began
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vent your spleen

to express anger (often + on ) Politicians used the press conference as an opportunity to vent their spleen on reporters.
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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 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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CT of congenital and acquired abnormalities of the spleen.
Despite the absence of gross vegetative endocardial lesions, Bartonella DNA was amplified and sequenced from >20% of the coyotes, mainly from cardiac valves; only 4 (6%) coyotes had PCR-positive spleens, compared with 12 (17%) coyotes with PCRpositive cardiac valves.
Pathological rupture of the spleen in malaria: Analysis of 55 cases (1958-2008).
According to the study results, treatment was associated with reductions in spleen size and other disease symptoms in 31 randomized patients.
There is minimal literature on pre-operative diagnosis of intrapancreatic accessory spleens (IPAS) with isolated case reports of confirmation on histology and immunohistochemical staining for CD3 and CD20 [8] to distinguish from adenocarcinoma of the pancreas.
Spleen was homogenated in 6 ml Hank's solution and centrifugated at a speed of 1,000 rpm for 3 min.
Keywords: Astragalus corniculatus; Saponins; Graffi myeloid tumor; Mitogen response; Spleen lymphocytes; PHA; LPS
The autotransplanted splenic tissue of splenosis, similar to accessory spleens, is thought to perform normal splenic function.
The spleen was submitted for intraoperative pathologic evaluation.
The spleen and pulmonary lymph nodes were also collected.
This information is used to correlate the size of the spleen in relation to the size of spleens known to be normal for a particular size of bird.
Once considered the seat of the spirit and the source of emotions, the spleen lost that title when physiologists demonstrated that it does little more than filter, hold, and produce white blood cells.
Late in 2003, they reported the mechanism behind the earlier discovery: cells from the spleens of donor mice -- intended to train the diabetic animals' immune systems not to attack islet cells -- were actually producing new islets.