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blow off steam

also let off steam
to do or say something that helps you get rid of strong feelings or energy I've told her she can call me and talk any time she wants to blow off some steam. After a long car trip, the kids need to run around a bit and let off steam.
Etymology: based on the steam engine (a machine that uses steam), which would explode if steam were not allowed to escape into the air
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blow off steam

Also, let off steam. Air or relieve one's pent-up feelings by loud talk or vigorous activity. For example, Joan's shouting did not mean she was angry at you; she was just blowing off steam, or After spending the day on very exacting work, Tom blew off steam by going for a long run . This metaphoric term refers to easing the pressure in a steam engine. [Early 1800s]
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blow off steam

verb
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blow off steam

To give vent to pent-up emotion.
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LaSalle is still loaded with bars where our reporters go to blow off steam," said Tom Collins of the News Tribune.
Older and wiser today, I still attend film festivals but find milder ways to blow off steam.
I am inclined to blow off steam, especially to my staff.
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First of all, we needed to be close and secondly, as an ensemble in a kind of theatrical way, we needed to blow off steam because it was a really intense shoot.
You could make a promise to be more attentive to your loved one's needs and lend him or her your ear whenever they feel the need to blow off steam.
Even if the event is just co-workers -- no bosses -- a holiday party is not the place to blow off steam about your problems with the organization or the people that work there,” says Hansen.
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Disappointed students say it was a way to blow off steam at the end of the semester and that a drunken few ruined it for the majority.
Billy would let me blow off steam, allow me to cool down and then pull me to one side for a quiet word of advice.
Given these governments' complex strategies for regulating what their citizens do online -- ranging from establishing effective control of private media and telecoms businesses to allowing people to blow off steam without going too far -- we should be more realistic about the true extent of the Internet's transformational potential.
It was a good way to blow off steam after the Skyhawks took it to Worcester over the first four innings, as Sussex touched up Tornadoes starter Shaun McNamara for 9 runs (4 earned) on 6 hits over 4 innings.
We used to go out to blow off steam, but if damage was caused, the garrison would be punished.
The guy who invented this game had a weird sense of humour and must have worked in a very boring job so he thought up an 80-minute free-for-all so that participants could blow off steam, and just to make it more interesting he threw in a ball that was hard to control.