vent


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

give vent to something

Fig. to express anger. (The something is usually anger, ire, irritation, etc.) John gave vent to his anger by yelling at Sally. Bill couldn't give vent to his frustration because he had been warned to keep quiet.
See also: give, vent

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.
See also: spleen, vent

vent something (up)on someone or something

to release one's emotional tension on someone or something. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) Henry vented his anger on Carl. It's no use to vent your hatred on a door. Kicking it won't help.
See also: on, vent

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
See also: spleen, vent

vent your spleen

to express anger (often + on ) Politicians used the press conference as an opportunity to vent their spleen on reporters.
See also: spleen, vent

give vent to

Express an emotion, as in He didn't dare give vent to his annoyance in front of her parents. [Late 1500s]
See also: give, vent

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]
See also: spleen, vent

vent on

v.
To release some strong emotion by taking action against someone or something: The frustrated travelers vented their anger on the employees of the airline.
See also: on, vent

vent one’s spleen

tv. to release one’s anger. I just feel like I have to vent my spleen at somebody.
See also: spleen, vent
References in periodicals archive ?
The velocity of air and/or vapors flowing out of these vent-port openings is a function of volume flow rate and the vent open area.
It's important that the vent land be polished in the line of draw since this will help the vent self-clean.
Any smartphone, tablet or computer can be used to setup, control and manage the opening and closing of the vents, from anywhere internet access is available.
A 90-degree elbow on an exhaust vent pipe is unusual; it should be either a preferable 221/2-degree elbow or, at most, a 45-degree elbow, and the pipe should extend out of the wall and not terminate close to the wall.
Finding black smoker vents on Mount Dent was a complete surprise," Connelly said in a statement.
On the contrast, SMART VENT'S engineered flood vents measure only 8x16 inches and are ICC-ES Certified to cover an astonishing 200 square feet of flood coverage per vent.
During an expedition in April 2010 aboard the Royal Research Ship James Cook, the scientists used the National Oceanography Centre's robot submarine called Autosub6000 and a deep-diving vehicle, HyBIS, manufactured by the British firm, Hydro-Lek to locate and study the vents at a depth of five kilometres in the Cayman Trough, an undersea trench south of the Cayman Islands.
At the seafloor, vent fluids cool rapidly and precipitate metal sulfide minerals that are deposited on the seafloor as chimneys.
With scientific and mining-exploration visits to vent sites increasing, he says, "we realized we needed rules to deal with that traffic.
When the cannon is elevated and depressed, it's normal to see several drops of oil coming from the two vent holes on the elevation cylinder.
The hydrothermal vent will continue to discharge hot, metal-rich water for decades.
Number 400 Automatic Air Vent eliminates the accumulation of troublesome trapped air.
TM], involves the use of a small wick that is inserted through a tympanic membrane vent tube into the round window niche.
BAMM allows pipelines to measure fugitive and vented emissions without a company having to re-engineer a compressor station to make access to a blow down vent, for example, safe for a worker.