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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

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
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Highlighting the industry's first-ever built-in vent, the Vented Wide Mouth Can reinforces Coors Light's continuing commitment to providing beer drinkers the best way to enjoy the "World's Most Refreshing Beer.
The integrated tab design gives consumers the freedom to enjoy the superior drinkability of America's favorite light beer in a vented can without the inconvenience of needing additional tools or objects to puncture the lid.
When the cool air system in a building is recharged -- such as when it runs out of coolant due to leaks or the system needs maintenance -- about 20 percent of the substance is vented into the atmosphere.
Our full bath is also vented to the attic and has been for 35 years.
Once the part has cooled sufficiently, the gas is vented out of the part and the mold opened.
The other derivative of gas combustion is carbon dioxide -- if combustion is incomplete for any reason (such as poor adjustment of the gas/air mixture or contact of the logs with the flame), then carbon monoxide can be produced and vented directly into the home, with the potential for disastrous results.
Most single-screw extruders turn in a counter-clockwise (right-handed) direction and are vented on the left, facing downstream.
When a fan is vented upward through an attic to the outside, the stack effect encourages warm, moist air to continually exhaust because the flap of the outside jack is not airtight and is constantly pushed open by the exhausting air.
Chemical supply tanks or drums must be vented to atmosphere for proper chemical supply.
I think this may be the case if the soffit is already vented and this allows the warm air to exit the bathroom soffit vent and rise back up into the attic through the vented soffit.
Vented or two-stage screws only make sense when volatiles must be removed in order to make a satisfactory product.
Consequently, installation costs of vent-free products can be up to 60 percent less than the cost of installing vented heating appliances.
The emission of smoke from a green sand mold is directly related to the amount of gas vented from that mold and the amount of smoke that is consumed by the flame present at the discharge point for the vented gases.
Inlet vents, such as vented soffit, are located low on the roof - under the eaves.