take it out on

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take it out on (one)

To punish, mistreat, or harm someone or something as a means of expressing or giving vent to a negative emotion. Sometimes phrased as "take (something) out on (someone or something)." I know you're angry, but please don't take it out on the kids; they didn't do anything wrong. Distraught with the news, he took it out on the old jeep, smashing it with a rock over and over again. He's been taking his frustrations out on his coworkers lately.
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take it out on someone or something

to punish or harm someone or something because one is angry or disturbed about something. I'm sorry about your difficulty, but don't take it out on me. Don't take it out on the cat.
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take it out on

Also, take something out on. Vent one's frustration or anger on a person or object. For example, I know you're furious about your grades but don't take it out on me. [First half of 1800s]
See also: on, out, take

take it out on

Informal
To abuse (someone) in venting one's own anger.
See also: on, out, take
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