take it out on

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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.
See also: on, out, take

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