take out on

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Related to take out on: To clear out, give up on, get up to, fill in for, having it out

take something out on someone or something

to punish someone or something because of something, such as anger, hurt feelings, frustration, etc. I know you're angry, but don't take it out on me! Don't take out your anger on me.
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take something out on somebody

to express negative feelings by behaving badly toward someone who is not responsible I know you're angry at your boss, but don't take it out on the kids.
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